Steamship William G. Mather

Tour the Ship that Built Cleveland

Open May - October

Discover what life onboard a working Great Lakes freighter was like as you tour this restored 618-foot historic flagship. 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. Don’t miss this popular Cleveland tourist attraction! Learn more about the Mather.

The Great Lakes Story

Discover more than a dozen interactive exhibits that tell the story of 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.


Hours

May, September, October
Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm

June, July, August
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday, noon - 5 pm

Admission

  • Adults – $8
  • Seniors (65+) – $7
  • Youth (5 – 12 years) – $6
  • Under 5 – FREE
  • Great Lakes Science Center members – FREE

2015 Events and Programs

Reserve your tickets for all of these programs at 216-621-2400.

Hard-Hat Tours
Select Saturdays at 9 am (May 30, June 27, July 18, August 29)
Select Sundays at 10 am (June 7, July 5, August 2)

Get an in-depth tour and explore the inner workings of the Mather. Space is limited. Reservations are required. $25 ($20 members). Ages 10 and up.

Rock and Boom
Saturday, July 4
8 pm

Celebrate Independence Day from the deck of the Mather and watch Cleveland’s fireworks. Food and drinks can be purchased at the adjacent family-friendly beer garden.

  • General Admission - $16 ($13 members). Good for Rock and Boom only.
  • Hard-Hat Tour ticket - Add a special two-hour Mather hard hat tour from 6 – 8 pm. $30 ($27 members). Includes hard-hat tour plus Rock and Boom.

Air Show Deck Party on the Mather
Labor Day weekend
September 5 - 7
10 am - 5 pm daily

Watch the Cleveland National Air Show from the deck of the Mather. Food and drinks can be purchased at the adjacent beer garden. $19 per person ($16 members).

NEW! Air Show Family Picnic at the Science Center
Monday, September 7 only
10 am - 5 pm

Watch the Cleveland National Air Show from the Science Center’s terrace overlooking North Coast Harbor. Enjoy family games and activities. Includes general admission to the Science Center and food voucher at the Science Center café. $29 per person ($19 members).

Air Show program subject to change.