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. Put Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Paradise trip itinerary planner .
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  • Our summer holiday was planned around visiting this museum - it's been on our to-do list for quite awhile. Our family is very interested in freighters, and our son in particular is fascinated with the...  more »
  • This is a multi-building museum. The shipwreck museum is the main focus, with lots of relics and stories. The original lighthouse lens is the centerpiece, and it was being cleaned while we were there....  more »
  • Spent a few hours here learning the history of the ships and Lake Superior. It was time well spent and if you are in this area it is worth the visit.  more »
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  • Great place to find out about all of the ship wrecks on the Lake. Also to get your souvenir's items. Great place to walk the beach and maybe ever find and agate while there. Great also for bird watching and may be see a bald eagle of two. It has the Fitzgerald history also on display. Great history of Great Lakes shipping.
  • Surprisingly well-made in such remote location. Museum contains dioramas, parts of shipwrecks lifted from the crash sites, interesting stories, all in chronological order. Very impressive. BUT factually WRONG in the very first exhibit. The sign that greets visitors says Lake Superior is the largest and deepest in the world. That's incorrect. There are 36 lakes deeper than Superior, 3 of which are in the U.S. (Crater, Tahoe, Chelan). I wrote to them about this and got a response amounting to "we know". Four years later that erroneous sign is still there... It really is beyond me why they would keep displaying something so obviously damaging to their credibility. It's like saying that the Atlantic Ocean is the world's deepest when it clearly isn't. Kind of casts doubt about factual diligence in the rest of the exhibits.
  • Fantastic museum. A must see if you are in the area. The main feature is, of course, the Edmund Fitzgerald but you will learn about a lot of other shipwrecks as well. 5 buildings to go into. There is a little theater for a video about the Edmund Fitzgerald. A gift shop, the lighthouse keeper's home, life saving station, plus a wonderful deck to look out over the lake. For an extra donation you can go up into the lighthouse. Definitely a highlight of our trip to the U.P.
  • Quite an awesome little Museum that everyone should check out if they get up here there's a lot of history here including memorabilia of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • Great Location, museum and story line. People were friendly and helpful. ALL VOLUNTEERS! I'd go back again.

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