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Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit

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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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97 reviews
  • This on Belle Isle. Nice view of the river and Canada. Great for kids as there are interactive items in the museum. It is free, just asks for donations. This is true of everything on the isle.  more »
  • and if you are like me (a child of the 80s from Detroit), you know how important it is to sit in one of those things and feel the rush of anxiety about the time your step-grandfather left all of you o...  more »
  • Touch the historic anchor before you enter and be sure to leave a donation to this wonderful Great Lakes boating museum. To me, the entrance and the Ford's ship helm are the best parts. It is a place ...  more »
  • 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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