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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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Toured the grey ghost....

It was AWESOME! Such a view into History. So delighted with the self guided tour and could really... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fruityflowerwine
,
South Bend
via mobile
Good tour

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nsconey
,
South Bend, Indiana
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
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+1 989-684-3946
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed March 1, 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

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Reviewed January 2, 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

Thank Tim E
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Reviewed November 1, 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

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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

During these times of patriotism issues is places like this that reaffirm why we support our troops and honor our flag. This is a great museum and packed with a lot of history. The people that work the ship are knowledgeable and friendly. The time...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

We spent a cold & rainy afternoon on the USSEdson and had a wonderful time! Bill, our tour guide, was informative & humorous. He made the history of the Edson come alive with the stories he told. The Edson Incident (halloween haunted ship experience) is...More

Thank Sherry S
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

There's something for everyone! Vets, kids, computer nerds (that was me), history buffs, geography and weather buffs...everyone! Take one of the volunteer guided tours. Ours was over 2 hours and well worth it. Bill was fabulous and informative. Don't forget to tip and donate :)

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

I was so overwhelmed at how many components go into a naval ship. I'm very glad we did the tour. It is a self directed tour so you need to keep track of which way you've gone so that you don't miss anything. It's such...More

Thank Sheryl L
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

Served onboard the USS Edson from 1979-81 so it was a trip down memory lane to visit the old girl for the second time since I'd walked off the brow in Newport, RI. Was so glad to see that Bay City rescued her from moth...More

1  Thank David D
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Lillian S
July 19, 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
July 4, 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
June 23, 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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