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Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Wonderful display of real artifacts and detailed descriptions of historical events. The museum includes the insides of a real ship and the layout flows nicely.  more »
  • Okay this museum has a lot to learn from in here like the Gothic Room, Built by the River and the pass of river front. There Ship Model showcase real neat to see. Miss Pepsi racing boat. I can talk ab...  more »
  • I'm very impressed with the changes that have taken place on Belle Isle since the state took over the park. We visited the Dossin Museum and enjoyed it very much. I had not been there since the early ...  more »
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  • Such a great place loaded with all kinds of information about the Great Lakes and the shipping industry. The staff was also very informative as well. A really cool part was that near the back they had the wheel house from and old freighter. It was awesome, everything was still intact and you would check it all out. Worth a visit!
  • Unique museum about Detroit's 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.
  • Good thing my brother in law Sean didn't go with us or he'd still be there reading.
  • Enjoyed the tour. Nice collection of historical items and information about the island and the Great Lakes.
  • My niece loved the visit. Interesting, educational and historical. Highly recommend!!