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Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 75+ 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.

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  • So much to see and learn. Take your time. The staff is very knowledgeable. Very clean and safe. You will want to bring family and friends. Many items to purchase. 
  • We had planned a short stop to check out the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Two hours later we found that we could have stayed even longer. Videos, beautiful lenses from Lighthouses and docks and the fron...  read more »
  • There was not a ton of information here engaged my son. It helped to have had a little knowledge before we went. We read up on a couple of historic tankers and learned some facts about our Great Lakes...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Free, small museum, with a great knowledgeable staff. If you are at Bell Isle spend a few minutes here. It's worth your time.
  • So many cool and interesting things to see and do.
  • Much bigger than it looks, with some exceptional shipwreck salvage, miniatures, and a few interactive exhibits. The lighthouse glass is really neat.
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