Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore the shipwrecks lying in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, featuring exciting exhibits for all ages. Walk the decks of a wooden Great Lakes schooner replica, feel a Great Lakes storm, and touch the massive timbers of the boat resting on the lake bottom. All without getting wet! This visitor center provides a range of accessibility features for every visitor to enjoy the exhibits. Visitors can download the Shipwreck Alley Tours app, which presents an audio tour of the exhibits and a written narration of the shipwreck tour. This app also provides sensory friendly assistance. Visit our website to learn more information specifically about wheelchair mobility, service animals, sight and hearing impaired assistance, and sensory friendly assistance.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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LISA C
DeWitt, MI282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I took a drive to Alpena and made a stop here. Very clean and well laid out, it was a very nice museum. It is donation based so be sure to leave a little something. It was a rainy day and a nice stop for an hour or so.
Written November 21, 2023
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Jacky S
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Great video presentation. Saw live Lampreys and heard how this introduced species affects local fish. Museum is interesting, especially the wreck.
Written June 19, 2023
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Pam T
Mansfield, OH293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Small museum but quite nice' I enjoyed walking out back behind it and watching the teens play in the water near the bridge as well as a group of youngsters taking sailing lessons. Very nice break from the long drive we had been on. Does have clean restrooms and a gift shop.
Written July 18, 2022
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MichiganMelissa04
Plymouth, MI736 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed our stop at this museum. It was a cold winter day and we were the only ones here! I loved all of the exhibits and, especially, the anecdotes about the shipwrecks. Many sad tales. Worth a stop in!
Written February 23, 2020
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AlpenaBill
Alpena, MI18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Great place to visit with or without children. Lots of information about Great Lakes history. Very interesting and we will visit often.
Written December 5, 2019
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Brian A
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It's open year round every day and it's FREE. In the summer they offer ship wreck boat tours but because I went in November that part was closed. I think that part costs. They offer a nice gift shop and the staff is very friendly. Lot's of ship wreck items and a vessel inside the building that gives you a feeling of how terrifying it would be to weather a storm in the 1800's on a wooden sailing ship caught during a storm on one of the lakes.
Written November 18, 2019
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Kathy B
Port Austin, MI21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Nice place to visit, always something to see and do,,it really has alot of informational things going on
Written October 9, 2019
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SummerTyme08
Grand Rapids, MI38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We enjoyed viewing the many artifacts recovered from shipwrecks located in the Thunder Bay National Maritime Sanctuary. Be sure to open the drawers below the exhibits for more items of interest. The museum is free. Be sure to walk around the outside areas and enjoy the river and park as well as a short walk into town.
Written September 14, 2019
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Roger B
Grand Rapids, MI110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
During a recent weekend trip to northeastern Michigan, we stopped at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. It is free to the public and has many great exhibits from ship wrecks located around the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We would highly recommend stopping to see the history from this part of Michigan.
Written September 4, 2019
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Lois B
Wauseon, OH89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This museum was well arranged and user friendly. We especially enjoyed the movie. The employees very helpful.
Written August 22, 2019
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