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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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Great preservation of real military ship!!

So much to see on this historic ship and almost all of it open to public so we took our time and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LaRee H
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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
The real thing

I enjoyed taking my time to see it all. Just really close quarters! The men on these ships had no... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
Jennifer N
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Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much to see on this historic ship and almost all of it open to public so we took our time and walked through every level and so impressed with the preservation of all the artifacts, objects, displays and exact details of living on this...More

1  Thank LaRee H
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed taking my time to see it all. Just really close quarters! The men on these ships had no creature comforts to speak of!

1  Thank Jennifer N
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Amazing and unforgettable. Today, we toured the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum. We learned a great deal from Bill, one of the docents. He was very informative and answered our many questions, as well as many we had not thought of. Bill even stayed one...More

1  Thank Eva C
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Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

So glad you enjoyed your tour. We are lucky to have Bill on our team!

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Being that my wife is a Navy veteran, she absolutely love touring the ship. Even though it was much older and smaller than her ship, she immediately felt "at home" as soon as she stepped aboard. This is a great way to spend the day,...More

1  Thank tinaanddave2016
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We received a complete guided tour that lasted two hours for just the three of us. This ship that launched in 1958 and decommissioned in 1988 has a rich history that is laid out throughout the ship in various forms, that included many stories and...More

1  Thank Travellove233
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

It was AWESOME! Such a view into History. So delighted with the self guided tour and could really poke in and around and discover. The curator was quite friendly and told us a number of intriguing stories. Highly entertained!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We got a little extra touring near halloween. You do your own tour but there are clearly marked directions

1  Thank nsconey
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

We experienced a great time aboard the USS Edson museum ship. It's wonderful to see something like this in a small town of Bay City. This is at least my fourth or fifth time on the Edson, and there's always new things to explore. However...More

2  Thank Barb B
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This is a legendary naval vessel that is in tip-top condition with many features that make is a must see venue for locals and tourists alike. Opportunities for stay overs make it an interesting option for kids and families. Tour guides make this an excellent...More

1  Thank Tim E
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We loved the opportunity to tour the ship and learn about its history, especially the day to day life of its passengers. Lots to see here and it will take you hours to truly see everything. It's self guided, but one of the gentleman was...More

1  Thank sgdoug
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Lillian S
19 July 2017|
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Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There are a few tight spots but our guide warned us about them. There was only one place that two of the people in our group chose to go around. There are real steps so no ladders to slide down as the sailors would have done.
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Amber J
4 July 2017|
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Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There's a parks where I would believe dogs are allowed, on the river, beside the ship, but I didn't see any dogs on the ship.
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ChristaDrouin
23 June 2016|
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Response from Carla M | Property representative |
Hello, Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 6-16, and those 5 and under are free.
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