Trip Planner:   USA  /  Michigan  /  Detroit  /  Museums  /  Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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.
Put Dossin Great Lakes Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Detroit vacation route planner.
Source
Create a full Detroit itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Detroit

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Detroit by other users

5 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Detroit, Niagara Falls & Vermont BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Detroit BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM RUSSIA June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Detroit BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in United States, Cuba & Berlin BY A USER FROM POLAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This museum is free but there may be a fee for driving on Belle Isle. Plan to stay about an hour. Check the internet for hours of operation which may vary. Typically it is not crowded and is open from...  more »
  • Took the kids who loved it. Cool all the way through. Hands on activities, historical items and the freighter pilothouse to top it all off. A must see if on Belle Isle. 
  • Walking in you will find very elegant wooden room as if walking into a mansion. The museum itself is small but the views of Canada are beautiful. There are Quite a few hands on exhibits and the exhibi...  more »
Google
  • 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.