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Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Address: 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone Number: 313 852 4051
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Ranked #35 of 168 things to do in Detroit
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums

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Detroit, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wonderful weekend day trip for families. Exhibits are informative and well executed. Thoroughly enjoyable day. Pleasant and knowledgeable staff.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stumbled upon this recently renovated museum while visiting Belle Isle. It's a nice little museum about Detroit’s maritime history. Among the exhibits it features the S.S. William Clay Ford pilot house and the beautiful Gothic room from the S.S. City of Detroit III, ships no longer in service. The staff was very friendly and took time to talk to us... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

This museum is great for families. It is interactive, it keeps children engaged and interested. For adults, the exhibits are very informative and interesting. For those that love great lakes history I think will enjoy this museum immensely. The entrance inside the museum is beautiful!

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Dearborn, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is located in an unassuming building on Belle Isle, an island park in the Detroit River. Renovated in 2013, the Dossin has modern exhibits on the history of the Detroit River and Great Lakes on the development of the Detroit area. Don't miss the SS William Clay Ford pilothouse, with great views of the Detroit... More 

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The kids loved this museum. We spent the afternoon there checking out all the different exhibits. The volunteers there were very helpful in answering questions and showing us around. Most things there were hands on which is good when you have little kids. There is even a pilothouse that was from a real freighter that you can go up in... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit is the highlight of this Museum. But the rest of the museum is well worth seeing. Come and learn more of what the Great Lakes are all about!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This maritime museum is located on Belle Isle, which is the main attraction. Museum has great potential and is located in a historic building on the island. Collection is limited.

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Detroit, Michigan, USA
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My 9-yr-old and 12-yr-old grandsons love ships so they really enjoyed the museum which just re-opened. We were lucky enough to see 2 freighters pass by just as we arrived! Worth seeing if you like ships. Good for younger children, too.

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Greater Detroit Area, MI
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

In May of 2013, the Dossin Museum finished a five-month, $2 million renovation. The Belle Isle museum has added new exhibits, updated existing ones and modernized the maritime museum with new technology. It has been refreshed to focus on the Detroit area, rather than all of the Great Lakes. One of the major changes is the new permanent exhibit "Built... More 

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Highland, Michigan
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113 reviews 113 reviews
52 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Its neat to learn about the great lakes, and the shipping history. The kids loved reading about all the ship wrecks, and playing in the old freighter pilot house.

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