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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Paradise
(4.5/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • My husband, daughter, and I stopped here one rainy and windy day. It was a nice place to tuck inside of to get away from the weather. The museum is located in a few different buildings so sometimes we...  more »
  • Our leisure visit on a sunny day included a video of the Edmund Fitzgerald and it's sailors and their families. Other buildings included the housing for the light house caretaker, photographs of the f...  more »
  • Live in L.A., but flew in to Flint to visit family. As an old Coastie the museum has been on my bucket list for awhile. We drove up and very glad we did. A real jewel. Will return in 2017 and making p...  more »
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  • Amazing collection of artifacts, models, and a beautifully preserved Fresnel lens. The lighthouse keepers house was amazing and well kept. We opted to go up in the lighthouse and were rewarded we amazing views of the point and beach. The Lego replica of the Fitzy was also incredibly detailed and quite a treat to see.
  • My Husband and I came from Wisconsin to check it out ~ It was very interesting . the Staff was very nice. The tour of the light keepers quarters was definitely informative . I do not recall the ladies name who showed us around but she was very knowledgeable of the history of the house and grounds which was a great perk. The price of the tour was reasonable especially when you know it is helping to preserve the history for generations ahead .. definitely worth a stop!! I am already planning on taking my Grandchildren back there next summer
  • Very historical and interesting museum. If you're in the area I would definitely recommend going with your family. Definitely pay the extra $4 to go up to the top of lighthouse though!
  • A lot of history at this place. I grew up in Michigan and had no idea of the amount of shipwrecks in Lake Superior. Cool place if you make the drive (which is long).
  • Beautiful location. Go for the history, stay to look for the prettiest rocks you'll ever see along the shore. Not sure if you can keep them, but you can have a contest for finding the most beautiful agates. Fun for the whole family.