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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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Recently boarded this ship. Don't understand why local schools don't take classes there for field... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bay City, Michigan
The greatest tour I've ever had.

We were on an "aimless drive" and this ship happened to across our path. We got there 1/2hr after... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
George R
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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: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently boarded this ship. Don't understand why local schools don't take classes there for field trips. Not far to travel and they would benefit from it. Keep roots in Bay City. For out of town visitors this is a unique stop. Bay City has a...More

Thank rose_eliz77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on an "aimless drive" and this ship happened to across our path. We got there 1/2hr after they were closed yet Bill(?) and gang were gracious enough to still allow us a tour. Did I mention it was a 3hr tour? Yes, you...More

Thank George R
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This was a very fun adventure. The self-guided tour is difficult to follow, so we pretty much just wandered around. There was a lot of neat things to see, and a good amount of signs explaining what different things were. It really is a museum,...More

Thank Kyle Z
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to the USS Edson, to everyone. This is a close up look of a ship that was part of the Vietnam war. There are only 2 ships like this left. Our group of 8 had a wonderful guide, Pete, he made...More

2  Thank M E M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Went here in April for self guided tour. Very interesting and we could spend as much time as we needed inside and out pride the ship. Very well maintained and information along the route explaining things. Would be nice to have guided tour but can...More

1  Thank butterball2015
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Glad you enjoyed your tour! All of our tour guides are vounteers and unfortuneatly, we cannot guarantee there will be one here unless reservations are made. If a guest gives us a heads up at least a week in advance, we will try to have...More

Reviewed 21 May 2017

My fiancé and I visited the USS Edson this weekend. We expected to spend about an hour on the ship, but we stayed for over two and a half hours. A good portion of the ship is open to self-guided tours. One of the guides,...More

3  Thank Chana L
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We decided to take my son to the Navel Ship Museum while here on a work trip / vacation trip. Most of the ship is open for you to explore. It is a self guided tour, so it's up to you to keep on track...More

Thank LanairB
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Had the opportunity to visit the USS Edson. I just began exploring the ship and I was joined by a tour guide Bill Randall. Bill had served on the Edson during the Vietnam war and had first hand experience and knowledge of the ship which...More

Thank Ray B
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Very nicely restored from WW2, Korea, and Nam eras. Think all citizens should view this memorial to see what our men endured for our freedom. Being a sailor of a destroyer(older) I can say these men did a wonderful job restoring her. Many other places...More

Thank alaron13
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great place to spend some time reliving history! Our grandchildren, 4 and 2 loved it. You do have to be careful with the little ones due to climbing ladders; and watch out for the "lady" in the shower!

Thank bgurnee9896
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18 July 2017|
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Response from alaron13 | Reviewed this property |
I am an old sailor man 69 years old, 5 operations on left knee and YES I made it around. Destroyers are not the most spacious of ships, nothing like the big battlewagons but the crew did a great job of working on the ship... More
Amber J
4 July 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.
22 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.