Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Paradise

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Located at the Whitefish Point Light Station, the area of many Great Lakes shipping disasters, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum explores the history of the Great Lakes, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Life Saving Service. Discover artifacts retrieved from local shipwrecks, such as the bell from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. During a tour of the station's historic buildings, a docent will guide you past the light tower, fog signal building, lookout tower, and more. You'll have the chance to visit the lightkeeper's quarters and assistant U.S. Coast Guard chief's quarters as well. In the latter, you can watch a short video about the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Paradise Edition.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is one of our favorite spots in Michigan-the Museum is so well done and a nice escape from the summer heat and light. It is really a very nice and informative museum-great for all ages, it really...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We loved this. Beautiful location with very well done exhibits and knowledgeable staff. We've always been fascinated by life in the light houses. We've camped on the shores of Lake Superior for years....  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Overpriced, even for people interested in maritime history: $13 for museum entry, which includes 4 small buildings (the most interesting was the lighthouse keeper's home); $4 extra if you want to clim...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Great complex. Historical buildings including lifesaving station and lighthouse. Displays show the long history of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes as well as the history of studying these shipwrecks. An informative film on the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is shown.
  • June 30, 2017
    Amazing information! The lakes can be wicked for even the biggest ships! Lighthouse lights are fascinating. Great film!
  • April 22, 2017
    Me and my family really enjoyed going to the museum. The staff was very friendly and courteous. Got to see a lot of things and little things I didn't know about the Great Lakes. I would highly recommend going great educational Learning for children.
  • July 7, 2017
    Very cool Great Lakes shipwreck history. Pricey, for what it is though. Great access to Lake Superior.
  • June 7, 2017
    Less than what I expected, but it is still a very cool stop. Nice lighthouse. Insane amounts of mosquitos. Cheap fudge though.

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