Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

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#7 of 10 in Museums in Detroit
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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  • August 12, 2017
    Located on Detroit's Belle Isle State Park, is this little gem, with exhibits centered around shipping on the Great Lakes. The exhibits cover a variety of themes. Some of the more interesting things t...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This museum, located on Belle Isle, is a place for all ages. It's interactive, educational and exciting. There are several floors and each one has something interesting and historical to enjoy.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    I think a lot of people don't even know about this little museum but I found it extremely interesting and fun you can really learn a lot and there are a few interactive areas. It is a small museum but...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    5 Star, had no idea that the museum had so much to offer for singles or families. Great experience, will come again. Thanks.
  • March 1, 2017
    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!
  • July 9, 2017
    Wonderful. Volunteers keep this museum running and are kind and helpful. I brought my 1 and 3 year old and they loved it.
  • April 12, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    Enjoyed the tour. Nice collection of historical items and information about the island and the Great Lakes.

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