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Museum Ship Valley Camp

#3 of 22 things to do in Sault Ste. Marie Features Animals
501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038
+1 906-632-3658
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Amazing and reverential

This Museum was recommended by my dear neighbor Irene. Had she not tipped us off to the Valley Camp... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Kenneth B
via mobile
Interesting place to learn about the area

My daughter, girlfriend and I enjoyed doing the scavenger hunt. It tells a lot about the area and... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Glen S
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
501 E Water St, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-2038
+1 906-632-3658
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Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

This Museum was recommended by my dear neighbor Irene. Had she not tipped us off to the Valley Camp we would have driven right past it. Big mistake! This retired freighter has been turned into an amazing facility, letting us glimpse what life on the...More

Thank Kenneth B
Reviewed 5 June 2017

My daughter, girlfriend and I enjoyed doing the scavenger hunt. It tells a lot about the area and the history of the locks and the shipwrecks. You do have to do some walking. There are 3 levels to the museum.

Thank Glen S
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Jeff, my husband, did this one by himself, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Lots of maritime stuff, but his favorite exhibit was about the Edmund Fitzgerald. Made famous by the Gordon Lightfoot song, this ship was sunk during a winter storm as it carried iron...More

Thank CampingJan
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The Valley Camp is so interesting and full of history. The displays are all well done and everything is fully explained. There are several decks for you to explore. The top deck takes you into the dining area and sleeping areas of the ship. The...More

Thank barbaragwen270
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This museum isn't huge but you will find lots to see. My tweens didn't care for it too much, since they don't remember any of shipwrecks but I found it very fascinating.

Thank Sheryce K
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We enjoyed all the nautical history. The information about the ships. Where they were built, when, the captain the boat company, origin. So, if you have boaters or history lovers they would surely enjoy this spot. They have the schedule for boats entering the locks...More

Thank cargirl7
Reviewed 30 January 2017

this museum is HUGE, we got lost a few times. What a wonderful place. there was a lot of things to look at.

Thank skunklady
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This visit gives a person a tour of an older Lake Freighter. The wheelhouse, crew's quarters, and engine room are open to visit. What was formerly the hold, cargo area, features displays of artifacts relevant to the Great Lakes Shipping industry. The Valley Camp is...More

Thank Fred_49341
Reviewed 2 January 2017

With thoughts leaning towards the Edmund Fitzgerald we came upon this huge example of the same type of ore carrier that frequented the Lakes. Again being out of season we could only admire the exterior but luckily met the curator (Paul) who then took us...More

Thank Skeney57
Reviewed 23 December 2016

In the early 70's, I would casually watch the ships pass through the locks. I regret that I didn't pay more attention. As I walked through the Valley Camp I thought damn, I missed a great opportunity to enjoy these ships, the Great Lakes, crews,...More

Thank JoeyK2559
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Questions & Answers
2 May 2017|
Response from Mindy D | Property representative |
Yes we are handicapped accessible, we have 3 levels to tour and a ramp system that will take you to each level. The upper deck and lower cargo hold floors are not level so walking might be harder for some but wheel chairs... More
Eri E
23 March 2017|
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Response from Mindy D | Property representative |
Unfortunately we are not open at this time of year. We are open Mid May to Mid October.
31 December 2016|
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Response from Mindy D | Property representative |
Yes there is on street parking and we share the parking lot with St. Mary's Church next door. Regular rates are $7.00 per adult, if you contact our office to book a group tour we have discounted rates for large groups... More