Steamship William G. Mather

Tour the Ship that Built Cleveland

Open May - October

Tour this restored 618-foot historic flagship and see what life was like on board a working Great Lakes freighter. Explore the 1925-built Mather from stem to stern and see its huge cargo holds, brass and oak pilot house, elegant guest quarters and four-story engine room. Walk the decks and marvel at the “engineering firsts” that helped transform Northeast Ohio into a great industrial center. Experience the golden era of steamboats on one of the best.

View The Great Lakes Story exhibits, more than a dozen interactive experiences that tell how the Great Lakes were formed, what environmental threats they face, and how we’re using science and technology to help restore the health of these great bodies of water.

Please note that due to its historic nature, the Steamship William G. Mather Museum has limited handicapped accessibility. Learn more about the Mather.

Summer 2016 Mather Hours:

May, September, October
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

June – August
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays (with the exception of Memorial Day 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and Labor Day for the Air Show)


  • Adults – $9
  • Seniors (65+) – $7
  • Youth (5 – 12 years) – $6
  • Under 5 – FREE
  • Great Lakes Science Center members – FREE