Built in 1917 and retired in 1966, the Museum Ship Valley Camp is 550 feet in length and now features a variety of displays that will educate and entertain the entire family.
More than 100 exhibits populate the ship’s cargo hold. What once held coal, iron ore, and limestone is now home to displays showcasing maritime memories, shipwrecks, lighthouses, and local history. Stroll at your own pace and soak up the romance and peril of life on the inland lakes.
Visitors are fascinated by the exhibit featuring the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald. The unexplained sinking strikes a chord still today. Museum visitors flock to see the largest recovered pieces of wreckage – 2 lifeboats. The exhibit includes a film recap of the tragedy that claimed the lives of 29 sailors in 1975.
Take a walk around the deck of the Valley Camp. Look in on the wheelhouse and sleeping quarters see how the crew lived aboard the Freighter.
The Museum Ship Valley Camp is open to visitors from Mid-May through Mid-October. For hours and rates please visit the Valley Camps website here.