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Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit
(4.4/5 based on 80+ 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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  • As you walk in you think you are walking into a church. It is an amazing room that is from one of the old steamers that sailed the Great Lakes. Beautiful carved wood and stain glass. There are many ha...  more »
  • The Dossin is a modest museum, but is actually very interesting. There are many exhibits presented in creative, and in many cases, a hands on way. Very fun for kids and adults alike. Set on the south ...  more »
  • We stopped almost as a lark and are glad we did. There is a real submarine periscope that one can use to see across the river. The actual Captain's deck of a freighter is at one end of the museum over...  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.