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Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum

Address: Okoboji, IA
Phone Number: 800-270-2574
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Okoboji
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Spencer, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is a nice little museum that spotlights the history of the area. There are recovered artifacts & sunken boats.

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Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is beautiful with vintage boats, artifacts from the old Arnolds Park, and lots of history that is laid out well and very pleasing to the eye. Staff are great and very welcoming. A must see in Okoboji!

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Emmetsburg, Iowa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's free! If you ride the Queen II around the lake you'll learn lots of lake and area history that makes the museum even more interesting!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We only got to spend about 30 minutes here, but I think I could have stayed a lot longer. Seeing this museum brought back some of the childhood memories I had of going to Okoboji and Arnolds Park. Of particular interest to me was the boat with the number 30 on it that had sunk into West Lake back in... More 

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Eagle, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Cool to see history of area and look and some of the old boats. Even our nine year old son liked it. Small museum but it gets the job done.

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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211 reviews 211 reviews
50 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Visited on a Tuesday afternoon to see more about some of the boats discussed during our Queen II boat tour on the lake. The receptionists were very friendly and wanted each family to sign in. The museum is free and offers a wide variety of displays for all ages. I really enjoyed the news archives while our kids liked the... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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113 reviews 113 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Been coming to Okoboji for years but this was my first stop at the museum. I was impressed by the size of the space and the extensive collection. I especially enjoyed watching some of the old videos. I would recommend visiting to get out if the heat or the rain if you are in town.

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Spencer, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a nice museum to learn about the history of the area with emphasis on the lake and surrounding culture of those whose lives depended on the lake. Great stop and the price is right!!

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arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This museum brought back memories when I was a kid visiting Okoboji back in the 50's. Don't miss this free museum. Some very nice wooden boats to see.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The lakes history truly does come to life at this little spot! Love seeing the boats, the old school wet suit and all the history of the Queen and Captain Steve!

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