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Museum Ship Valley Camp

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Address: 501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038
Phone Number:
+1 906-632-3658
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

We are open Mid-May to Mid October! For more information click on the...

We are open Mid-May to Mid October! For more information click on the website link on Tripadvisor. Retired Great Lakes Freighter with over 100 exhibits on Shipping and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. Access into the Engine Room, walk the Upper Deck to see crew quarters and pilot house. 3 levels to tour with ramp system for easy access.

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It's fun to go right inside one of the freighters. To see the rooms that the crew stayed in. Of course the Edmond Fitzgerald exhibit was amazing.

Reviewed 6 October 2016
Cindy L
Flint, Michigan
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Flint, Michigan
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

It's fun to go right inside one of the freighters. To see the rooms that the crew stayed in. Of course the Edmond Fitzgerald exhibit was amazing.

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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice museum! Price was reasonable and there was a lot to see. It was nice to be able to walk almost three entire ship from top to bottom. Had fun!

Thank Jana W
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is an opportunity to see a Marine Museum and ship all at once. Exhibits were nicely done and the Edmund Fitzgerald life boat unique to see. Having never been on a Great Lakes Freighter before this was a rare opportunity and worth the time to view it.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

So glad we had Paul for our guide. He was so knowledgeable and could make history come alive. He not only knows the Museum inside and out but also knows about many historic homes, monuments, and sites in the area. Being inside Vally Camp gives you an idea how immense these vessels were and how much they could haul. Kids... More 

Thank ggerskine
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4 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Went to this Museum while waiting for our Soo Locks tour. It was a very cool place to visit. A lot of cool artifacts, and exhibits. The best part by far is getting to walk around on the top of the boat outside. Very fun for everyone.

Thank Holly K
Southfield, Michigan
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

I have been to the Valley Camp several times and have always looked forward to the visit.Sept 21st 2016 was thoroughly a disappointing visit. We had to leave within a half hour of entering the ship due to the interior painting project going on. The highly toxic smell and dizziness from the paint was very uninviting. Having paid full price... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you're in "Soo" and seeing the locks and having cherry cider and pasties, you really should visit the Valley Camp. An hour or so should do it (you'll be on your feet the whole time), and every member of your party will probably find something special inside. For us it was the Edmund Fitzgerald film and exhibit, the model... More 

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Pontiac, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is several museums in one. First, it was a working freighter and you can see how life may have been aboard ship. Second, it has an unbelievable collection of ship wreck relics. Thrid, they have an aquarium that showcases the fish of the Great Lakes. You can spend several hours here and it would be a wonderful raindy day... More 

Thank Irene S
West Branch, Michigan
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I & our grandchildren visited this ship museum and was very overwhelmed by the amount of history and information about the shipping industry of our great state. I myself was just amazed to see the Edmund Fitzgerald display that they had there. The actual life boats that were recovered from the Fitz was on display and you... More 

Thank Jay J
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

If you want to more about the shipping history of the Great Lakes and ships like the Edmund Fitzgerald this is certainly worth a stop. Only one hour from Mackinac City, MI this is a great day trip. This retired "laker" is a fun walk through to understand the lives of merchant seamen on the Great Lakes. Many excellent displays... More 

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