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National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo

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  • This is THE place to learn about great lakes shipping. the wreck history. The ship building from when it started to present. The exhibit on THE FITZ is a must! 
  • Stopped in on our way home from Henry Ford museum... What a great place to visit ! Although this s museum is small it is very informative and look ts of hands on interactive displays. Kids will enjoy ...  read more »
  • A variety of exhibits and interactive activities dot this museum. There are models of boats, an assortment of nautical artifacts and quite a few hands-on activities that will keep younger visitors hap...  read more »
  • What a gem in Toledo OH!!! My friends introduced me to this wonderful and informative museum. It was a hot day so we toured the ship first, and than the cool, clean and nicely designed museum. My family grew up on the Great Lakes and they are a favorite vacation spot for us as well. The cost is very nominal and well worth your time; whether it's a few hours or longer. I would recommend for all ages too. Get out and take a look.
  • The museum was quite educational and taught me things about the lakes that I never knew. The tour on the ship isn't included in general admission prices but it's worth it. I would love to have a kitchen that large. And the view of the river from the captain's deck is beautiful. Just be careful walking on the bridge if you have a fear of heights.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the museum and taking the unguided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Even though the ship is more than a 100 years old, it is BIG. This is not a handicapped experience as there is lots of climbing narrow almost vertical ladders. The museum is well done with lots of artifacts, photographs, and and hands-on displays. A number of short videos give visitors a new perspective on the challenges and risks of sailing the Great Lakes.
  • Local history tied into the story of the Great Lakes. Edmund Fitzgerald, to be sure. But also the story of how the Lakes affected the history of the region, the nation, the world, told through stories, pictures, artifacts. Don't miss the introductory movie -- or the freighter tour.
  • The museum was an unexpected but wonderful experience; lots of genuine and fascinating artifacts collected from various ships that once sailed the Great Lakes. It is very well organized and some exponats are presented interactively which makes the whole learning experience fun and memorable. The freighter carrying the marks of over 69 years of service and more than 35 years since it was retired offers an extraordinary perspective to those who never had a chance to experience first hand a jewel of marine history. From Captain's quarters to bridge, riveted decks, cargo holds, galley, mess room and engine room it's all yours to see and explore in awe and admiration.
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