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.

Fall Hours

The Steamships Mather is open on weekends only in September and October, except where noted below.

  • Saturdays: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Sundays: noon - 5 pm

Please note the Steamship Mather will be closed on Saturday, September 13; Sunday, September 14; Sunday, September 21; Sunday, October 12; and Sunday, October 26.

Dates and times are subject to change. The historic Mather has limited handicapped accessibility.


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