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Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

(4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Located on Strand Drive on Belle Isle, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Permanent exhibits include Built by the River in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery, the Miss Pepsi vintage championship hydroplane, the Gothic Room from the S.S. City of Detroit III, the S.S. William Clay Ford pilot house, and one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world. Significant artifacts include a bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald and an 18th century British canon salvaged from the Detroit River.

Visit http://detroithistorical.org/dossin-great-lakes-museum/exhibitions for a full list of exhibitions.
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  • My family wasn't sure about what to expect when we got to the museum but were very surprised. The museum has lots of hands on activities for the kids along with a beautiful entry way recreation. The p...  more »
  • I have been coming here as a kid since 1973. The pilothouse of the Ford Motor Company steamer William Clay Ford has been attached to the river side of the building so you can get the same view as a gr...  more »
  • Such a great experience. You can learn a lot from people who are either working or volunteering (majority of them are volunteers) enjoy a inside and outside view.  more »
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  • Unique museum about Detroit's past history as a major Great Lakes port. Features one of a kind handmade models of old ships. The building integrates the pilot house from a retired Great Lakes freighter.
  • Pleasantly surprised. The place is bigger than it looks....things for the kids to interact with and you will learn something.
  • Absolutely incredible museum with so much to do and see inside! Short films, photo ops in the amazing wooden structure they have restored and maintain with a healthy dose of Detroit maritime history! A MUST See when visiting this amazing island!
  • The museum is great, it has fun things for kids to do and lots of history lessons for adults. It has a lot about the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck, and the bridge of the William Clay Ford freighter to show what the deck is like on the river. Very nice displays of model ships from long ago are very interesting too.
  • This is a pretty good museum, and part of a decent day out to Belle Isle. For my part, getting to see the bridge of a mid-century Laker is the best part of this one.