Orpheum Children's Science Museum

SS Ackermann Tugboat

inside the cabin of the virtual tugboat

Don your safety vests and grab a mate for an ride down the Mississippi River. Tugboat captains can explore the engine room, observation deck and cabin. Can you pilot the cargo safely down the river without crashing into the bank? An interactive simulator gives visitors a chance to pilot a tugboat, and was developed by Hank Kazmarski and the Beckmann Institute at the University of Illinois. The SS Ackermann Tugboat was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ackermann family.