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Mather Museum

Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 574-6262
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Parents should take their kids to see historical sites in their home city. The Great Lakes are a wonderment that few other large cities can claim and the Mather Museum really ...


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It's a big boat... but really cool 6/15/2006

I had the honor, when I was in Junior High, to be a part of a group of students that "beta tested" this museum. We went down to the Mather a few times a week for a couple of weeks, and did water tests, toured the boat, and learned so much about the history of boating on the Great Lakes that I am sure my head exploded on the aft deck. I am sure that when thinking of places to visit in Cleveland, a big shipping boat is not high on your list. With the Rock Hall across the street, why would you bother with the boat? Simple: the boat is way more fascinating than you think, and personally, the Rock Hall is overpriced and sucks. Since I went on the tour years ago, I do not know what the pricing is today to enter. I can tell you that the boat is usually docked on the E 9th St pier, and is so friggin' huge you can't possibly miss it. It is the long black thing that has "William G Mather" in big, white letters on the stern. When you enter this craft, you will be immediately amazed at the amount of steel used to craft this boat. The holds are gigantic.. and to think of them being filled with coal or other commodities is daunting. Pictures of other boats, including the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald (which I believe was the sister ship), are in the museum, along with artifacts like a ship's bell and the ropes for mooring. I am not a big sea buff. Not really my cup of tea, but I cannot help but get lost in the history the museum has. You will learn about the dangers of shipping on the Lakes, and about the men who sacrificed their lives for the sake of maritime commerce. You will tour a ship and see how the men lived. The engine, for instance, is HUGE! It is fascinating to see what drives a boat that size. If you want a unique experience that is truly historical, please visit this museum. It may not be as cool as the Science Center, but it is a one-of-a-kind experience for you or your kids. And a great was to spend time together learning about our Great Lake's past. more

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A Must See for All Parents 12/17/2005

Parents should take their kids to see historical sites in their home city. The Great Lakes are a wonderment that few other large cities can claim and the Mather Museum really brings this home when the kids can climb the stairs just like sailors did decades ago. They can see how workers on ships slept and ate. This helps to bring home the readings they do at school. I took my seven year old nephew to the museum and he loved it. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought. We had a narrator and guide on the tour and it was quite informative. I would recommend a nice summer day for the tour! more

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William G Mather Historical Steamship 8/21/2005

The William G Mather is a retired Great Lakes bulk freighter. It was built in Detroit and is the flagship in 1925 for the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company. The Steamship is a museum that is located at the foot of the East 9th Street Pier. Admission is free and you can step in and see how they slept and worked on this freighter. You'll find the stairs narrow. Come on down and take a tour and see what used to be one great freighter. more
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