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Great Lakes Science Center announces opening of Steamship William G. Mather

Take a photo tour of the Steamship William G. Mather
Take a photo tour of the Steamship William G. Mather
Mark Horning

Steamship William G. Mather at Great Lakes Science Center opens for the season with its slate of annual events, including hard-hat tours

Tour the great boat that sailed the Great Lakes on a leisurely self guided tour.
Mark Horning

A huge part of Cleveland history is in the boats that sailed the great lakes bringing raw materials to the industrial valley that made Cleveland a world renowned steel center. Docked behind the Great Lakes Science Center is the William G. Mather, a floating museum of great lakes history. The self guided tour takes you through the forward hold through the crew quarters, into the pilot house and elegant guest quarters (the boat was the flagship of the company and carried many prestigious guests during its operation), down the length of the ship to the galley and down into the engine room. It is an experience like no other.

Special Events

Hard-Hat Tours
Select Saturdays and Sundays
From May through August
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

There are many parts of the Mather that are never seen by the public and only by a select few of volunteers. You will be given a hard-hat for an in-depth behind the scenes tour into the hidden areas of the boat. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. The cost is $25.00 per person which includes admission the Steamship Mather after the tour. The tour is open to guests ages 10 and older. To register call (216) 621-2400.

Rock and Boom
July 4, 2014
7:00 p.m.

This is quite literally the best seats in the house for the annual Cleveland fireworks display. Purchase food and drinks onboard then sit and relax as the display unfolds nearby. Cost is $15.00 for non-members and $12.00 for members. To reserve your place call (216) 621-2400. Family four packs are also available. Check it out at for details.

Air Show Deck Party
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, August 30
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September 1, 2014

You will feel like your right in the middle of the air show as the planes fly overhead at the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board during the entire show. The cost is $16.00 fof non-members and $12.00 for members. Program is subject to change. Family four packs are also available.Visit for details.


May, September, October
Saturdays and Sundays only*
11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

*The Mather will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, as well as Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

June, July, August
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Last ticket sale is at 4 pm. Dates and times are subject to change. The historic Mather has limited handicapped accessibility.

The William G. Mather is located behind the Great Lakes Science Center at 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

Self Guided Tour Prices

Adults – $8.00
Seniors (65+) – $7.00
Youth (5-12 years) – $6.00
Under 5 – FREE
Great Lakes Science Center members – FREE

Tickets available onboard and at the Science Center box office. Buy a combination ticket and get same-day admission to the Mather and Great Lakes Science Center. Get details at the box office or visit

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math come alive. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216-694-2000 or visit

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