Your trip to Sault Ste. Marie wouldn’t be complete without visiting the historic Museum Ship Valley Camp. Now retired, in its working days the Valley Camp logged over 3 million miles over its 49 years of service. The 20,000 square foot cargo holds that once held freight are now filled with hundreds of artifacts, paintings, shipwreck items, and exhibits related to maritime history.
Make sure to allow plenty of time to visit the various attractions, including the many museum exhibits, the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial and Exhibit, multiple aquariums, and crews’ quarters. You can walk around the entire ship, from the engine room to captain’s bridge! Throughout the great freighter, the various museum exhibits hold an eclectic collection of Great Lakes memorabilia, appealing to any age.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial and Exhibit is a very unique sight that must be seen at least once in your life. Experience an hour-long presentation about the events of November 10, 1975 which caused the tragic loss of one of the Great Lakes’ largest freighters. The Museum Ship Valley Camp holds two of the actual lifeboats from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. In fact, those are two of the very few major artifacts recovered after its tragic sinking.
In addition to exploring over 100 museum exhibits, check out the four 1,200-gallon aquariums stocked with various species of fish found right here in the Great Lakes. The Museum Ship Valley Camp is one of the very few locations that hold aquariums in the Upper Peninsula. Stepping stools are provided for the children, assuring that adventurers of all ages are able to enjoy watching the fish in this unique habitat.
As a freighter that once housed a crew of 29 men in her cabins, the Museum Ship Valley Camp opens up her Captain’s Quarters and plain accommodations to all visitors. Witness firsthand the lifestyle of Great Lakes sailors that lived and worked aboard this great ship.