The Mather is closed for the season. Please note that the Science Center and Steamship William G. Mather are closed on home Brown game days. 

Steamship William G. Mather

Tour this restored 618-foot historic ship 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 steamships on one of the best.

Special Events

Hard Hat Tours

Sunday, October 8
10 a.m. to noon

Explore the Mather like you never have before! Hard Hat Tours include locations onboard that you can't see on the regular tour, including the dark hold, pump deck, stack casing, the anchor windlass and more. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Hard Hat tours are approximately two hours and limited to guests age 10 years of age and older. Closed toe, closed heeled athletic shoes or boots are required and guests will be given hard hats and safety glasses to be worn during the tour.
Price: $35 per person ($25 members)

Parking is available in our attached garage for $9 ($7 members). General admission to the Science Center is not included.

Register by calling (216) 621-2400 or the below link: 






Adults $10.95
Seniors (65+) $8.95
Youth (2-12) $8.95
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE


William G. Mather Steamship

When the Steamship William G. Mather was built in 1925 by Great Lakes Engineering Works in Ecorse, Michigan, she was considered the latest word in ship design, propulsion, navigation equipment, and crew accommodations. She was the flagship of The Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Company fleet until 1952.