Museum Ship Valley Camp
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Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Great Lakes History Comes Alive!
Tower of History
Museum Ship Valley Camp
Steam back into history... The Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit
The unexplained sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald remains a modern-day maritime mystery that strikes a chord with museum visitors. This stirring exhibit features the two lifeboats, the largest pieces of wreckage that were recovered.
The Edmund Fitzgerald is a powerful reminder of the intensity and unforgiving nature of the largest of the Great Lakes - Superior - and the many lives it has taken. Take a close look at these lifeboats that came ashore without survivors, watch a film recap of the tragedy and the investigation that followed, and remember the 29 sailors that perished on that stormy November night in 1975.
Engine Room & Pilot House
Early 20th century technology is on display in the Valley Camp’s engine room and pilot house. As you walk through the engine room, be sure to take note of one of the few remaining triple expansion steam engines. Picture yourself at the ship’s wheel as you tour the pilot house. Take a moment and imagine life at the helm.
Take an open air stroll on the topside and trace the steps worn by sailors for decades while you enjoy breathtaking river views.
The Ship’s Store
Discover unique gifts, books, collectibles and more at The Ship’s Store, located next to the Valley Camp. Our gift shop carries a wide selection of affordable maritime gifts and souvenirs for every member of the family. Stop in and take a look!
Plan your visit
Open daily. Mid-May - Mid-October
Free Parking - Free pet kennels for Valley Camp/Tower Visitors - Room for RV’s & Buses - Group tours available early or late tours for motorcoach and school groups with advance reservation - All exhibit areas except for pilot house area are handicapped accessible.
Valley Camp - Last ticket sold one hour before closing
Tower of History - Last ticket sold 30 minutes before closing
20,000 square feet of exhibit space
Galley, Officers Dining Room, Living Quarters -
Life aboard a freighter remains a mystery to many, but step aboard the Valley Camp and be transported to a different era. Explore crew sleeping quarters, dining areas and the boat that sailors called home for nearly 50 years.
More than 100 exhibits populate the ship’s cargo holds. 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 seas.
Sharing the Great Lakes with massive freighters are a variety of sought-after fish species. Peer into any of our four 1200-gallon aquariums to see trout, walleye, perch, pike and more.
100 exhibits of Maritime History on display
Kemp Marina & Water Street Historic Block
In addition to operating the Valley Camp & Tower of History, Sault Historic Sites also operates the Kemp Marina and the historic homes on Water Street. Visitors to the Kemp enjoy the most modern marina conveniences only steps away from sites of historic importance. With 57 slips, the marina can accommodate boats up to 100 feet in length.
Tower of History
Four viewing platforms atop the Tower of History’s concrete structure reveal spectacular panoramic views of international proportion. Step onto the open air decks or glassed observation areas and watch as the St. Mary’s Rive rand Canada unfold before you. At a height of 210 feet, an express elevator takes you to the top of the Soo, where scenic vistas up to 20 miles away are yours to enjoy. Informational panels point to local landmarks on the horizon, while historic displays tell the story of the area’s origins.