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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  • My friend and I visited the museum while playing tourist on the island. It was our favorite place to go. The second room in the museum that you will enter is the restored Gothic Room from the S.S. Cit...  more »
  • This was just a stop while driving around belle isle - and it was a very pleasant surprise. The history of Great Lakes boating including freighters and hydroplane boat racing. A lot of interactive exh...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Loved my visit here! From Bob-Lo lore to things brought up from the bottom to watching a huge cargo ship via periscope as it navigated past the island to playing with fresnel lenses from lighthouses to learning about luxury cruising on the river to tooting a boat's whistle to learning about semaphore flags, pulleys and blocks.... Every minute was great. Would love to stay all day and read everything. Attached are some of my photos.
  • A beautiful and important history resource. Their natural history and resources displays are also important. Models of shipping through the centuries as well as a wheelhouse to enter and play/work in makes this place a wonderful day out. Picnic and fishing facilities are nearby.
  • Very pleasantly suprized. I expected it to be nice and interesting, but small. Probably twice as big as I anticipated from front. Interactive exhibits for you and old. Highly recommended for anyone.
  • 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!
  • 5 Star, had no idea that the museum had so much to offer for singles or families. Great experience, will come again. Thanks.

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