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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  • I was surprised to see the amount of hands on activities in this building. Well Done! Walk up the stairs and you are on the bridge of a ship, looking out at the water, with all of the controls and map...  more »
  • Glad we stopped here, there was so many interactive activities for the kids to enjoy and learn. So many interesting facts about Belle Island. There was a volunteer that explained things. Cool to look ...  more »
  • It shows the history of the Great lakes and features the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking. Has many great hands on activities for kids.The guides are great and are eager to answer any questions.  more »
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  • 5 Star, had no idea that the museum had so much to offer for singles or families. Great experience, will come again. Thanks.
  • 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!
  • Wonderful. Volunteers keep this museum running and are kind and helpful. I brought my 1 and 3 year old and they loved it.
  • 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.
  • Enjoyed the tour. Nice collection of historical items and information about the island and the Great Lakes.

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