Steamship William G. Mather

Tour the Ship that Built Cleveland

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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.


May, September, October

  • Saturdays and Sundays only
  • 11 am – 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.

June, July, August

  • Tuesday – Sunday
  • 11 am – 5 pm

Open Memorial Day and Labor Day. 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

Get details on summer events and programs!

Hard-Hat Tours - Reserve Today

Explore the Mather like you never have before! Join us on this in-depth, hard hat tour and explore the behind-the-scenes areas of the Mather. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. (Walk-up registrants are not allowed.) $25 per person ($20 members). Includes admission to the Steamship Mather after the tour. Tour is open to guests ages 10 and older. Call 216-621-2400 to register.

Hard-hat tours for 2014 are available on the following dates. All tours are 9 - 11 am.

Saturday, May 31
Sunday, June 15
Saturday, June 28
Saturday, July 5
Sunday, July 20
Saturday, August 2
Sunday, August 17
Saturday, August 30