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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena

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The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary exists to support the mission of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and maritime heritage resources, values, and qualities of the National Marine Sanctuary System for this and future generations.
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  • The building is fun for all ages to explore. They have films in the back. You can take boat tours of a few of the shipwrecks in the bay.  more »
  • This is one of the best museums I been to. Lots of artifacts, the sphere video was awesome, loved climbing through the ship. I think we spent over an hour here! Donation for admission. I also found so...  more »
  • A free attraction, great for kids and families. The museum gives insight as to the importance of the Great Lakes in terms of our nation's history. There is so much to see, especially in the artifact r...  more »
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  • Great free activity for all ages.
  • First of all, for free I don't see how you could have anything bad to say. This was a really neat place to visit. The coolest thing was definitely the storm experience on the boat at the entrance. The inside of the ship has good sounding audio simulating a strong storm. Lightning flashes in the windows, the boat creaks, the lights move on the wall... it was neat. The museum is also obviously full of shipwreck artifacts and info on the Great Lakes. There are also a couple of rooms with things recovered from shipwrecks. Be sure to open all of the drawers in here as there is a lot to see. I would HIGHLY recommend visiting here if you are in the area or it is on your way to wherever you're headed. We also did the glass bottom boat tour, but that has it's own page where I will write it's own review.
  • The museum is interactive and full of shipwreck artifacts. There are some childrens' activities such as an indoor play area. If you go on the boat tour expecting buried treasure you will be let down. The tours are an extension of the museum that offers a view into the graves of the many wrecks of the area, while preserving them.With Besser museum and planetarium nearby, as well as several local restaurants and shops, you will not be disappointed spending the day in the area.
  • Great place to visit. Very interesting and very educational. Don't miss it.
  • Beware of the 'glass bottom' boat tour. Not enough viewing space or time for the amount of people on the boat. Expensive for what you get. Go on a good day so at least you can enjoy the ride.