National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo

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  • A friend from England was here in October and this is one of the highlights that she enjoyed. We did not allow enough time so I would advise that you plan on most of a day there especially if you are ...  more »
  • We visited the museum only to find a "post it" note on the front door saying it was closed.. There was a phone number posted to call which the UPS man was trying as as he had a delivery while we both ...  more »
  • What a great asset to Toledo. This is a top notch museum with information on the ships, lakes and ship wrecks over the years. There are a lot of hands on exhibits for all ages. We just went over Chris...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed our visit! The museum packs a lot of informative, educational, and hands-on exhibits into a fairly compact space. The visit starts with a multi-media overview of the Great Lakes history, development, and importance. From there, guide maps in hand, we toured the rest of the museum on our own at our own pace. The staff was friendly and helpful. The young lady who welcomed us informed us, without our having to ask, that discounts are available for AAA members and military veterans. There is a small gift shop on the premises. Unfortunately, due to the weather and time of the year, we were not able to explore and enjoy the grounds surrounding the museum nor the great lakes freighter moored nearby. We will have to visit again during the summer.
  • I enjoyed looking around here. Showed the history and importance of the Great Lakes over the years. It has a lot of interactive things for kids to touch and play with to help them stay interested. Overall it's a great place and everyone in the area should visit it at least once.
  • This museum is top notch. What a hidden gem in Toledo Ohio. Great portrayal of the history of maritime on the Great Lakes from the different types of vessels to the shipwrecks. We went during Christmas break which is a great way to keep the kids occupied and learning while out of school. There are a lot of hands on exhibits for all ages. In the Summer months you can tour both the museum and schooner which we plan to go back and do. I highly recommend checking this museum out. Great winter activity as well as summer.
  • This was an absolutely fascinating place to visit. The displays and exhibits do a nice job of telling the history of the Great Lakes and I was surprised at how easy it was to spend a couple of hours here. The only thing I lament is not coming later in the season when their circa 1911 cargo ship is open to tours - it's only open during the warmer months of the year.
  • Well worth the trip. Having spent many years on the St Lawrence river, passing these monsters, it was extremely cool to be able to finally tour one up close. Excellent exhibit, wondrous interactive experiences in the main Museum. Excellent place to bring the kiddos for a visit. Certainly helps one appreciate the magnitude f these ships.
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