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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

Closed Now: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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It made you feel to be an american

Vets were very friendly and informative about the history of the ship, would be very educational... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bay City, Michigan
Creates an atmosphere from live onboard

It was a really learning experience of how life at sea in a navy vessel can be, small and... read more

Reviewed January 4, 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
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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...more
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Hours Today: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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All reviews self guided tour vietnam war grey ghost own pace piece of history engine room answer any questions gift shop great tour crews quarters general public eye opening come alive great museum well worth the trip the river saginaw bay
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Vets were very friendly and informative about the history of the ship, would be very educational for students of all ages

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank elpida48
Reviewed January 4, 2019

It was a really learning experience of how life at sea in a navy vessel can be, small and terrifying at time while also very intense and active.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MolterSan
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We visited the museum thinking it would be a 15-20 minute walk, turns out Bill Randal kept us engaged for 2 hours. It was one of the best tours I have experienced. Fascinating ship, interesting stories, intriguing history and narration by a veteran. Could not...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank anupambadamikar
Reviewed October 24, 2018

It was a great tour of an amazing vessel. The displays were informative and poignant. It was a good history lesson for all age groups,

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Go574413
Reviewed October 15, 2018

A great way to see a destroyer as it was in the Vietnam era. The staff was friendly and helpful. We even had an employee on the ship - retired from the Navy - that led us around and shared his knowledge. It made the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RayRL
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

We visit family every year and have seen this retired U.S. Navy Destroyer ship in the river just off Saginaw Bay and wanted to find out its story. We paid the modest fee and boarded this historic ship. It is self guided tour and you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 1just-traveling2
Reviewed September 19, 2018

The USS Edson (DD-946) is a 1950s era destroyer that is moored at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum and is open for all to go aboard and tour the ship. Quite a bit of the ship is open for public viewing, including the after...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank coars
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

This trip was for my husband & his buddy as they were in the Navy. It was fun listening to them talk of the ‘good ole dayz’. I enjoyed this tour, especially as I could go at my own pace. There were quite a few...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Boyzmema
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

What a great way to spend a Sunday! We were looking for something for our 16 year old and we all ended up having fun. I recommend searching for Bill, the volunteer who guided us through the entire ship. His anecdotes, personal experience stories and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aubrea B
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We are all counting down the days until Bill retires and we can have more of his time. The haunted ship is called the Edson Incident and will open September 21. It will run every Friday and Saturday through...More

Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in bay city Michigan on our way around the thumb of Michigan. Saw this naval museum and thought we should take it in. So thankful we did. The uss edson A destroyer of the American navy from the mid fifties until the mid eighties...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Lillian S
July 18, 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.
Amber J
July 4, 2017|
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.
June 22, 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.