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Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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Great Lakes History! Loved it.

This was another highlight of my trip to Detroit. Located on Belle Isle, this museum focuses on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New Mexico
Worth the Visit

My friend and I enjoyed visiting the museum last year, that when we found ourselves with a little... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Christine G
Saint Louis, Missouri
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100 Strand Dr, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207-4372
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have wanted to visit for years. The Dossin Museum is free. It is a historical place. You can go back in time and learn about the cruise ships that use to frequent the Detroit River. I did not know that there were cruises from Detroit...More

Thank Lawrei C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was another highlight of my trip to Detroit. Located on Belle Isle, this museum focuses on Great Lakes history. I learned about the amusement park at Bob-Lo island, the popular boat trips during the 20s to 50s-ish- and loved the collection of table services...More

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Reviewed September 11, 2018

My friend and I enjoyed visiting the museum last year, that when we found ourselves with a little time to spare, we decided to come back and visit it again for an hour. This is a great museum filled with knowledge, and the staff is...More

Thank Christine G
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Just an excellent free place to visit.Visited with Steve the Manager of the facility .Very informative. Just lots of History about the glory days of travel on the Great Lakes. Well worth the time.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed August 20, 2018

It's been decades since I've visited the island and museum. I was so amazed at the beauty of it. Took my son to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum (easy to find). The beginning of our self guided tour began with a beautiful architectural experience. Love...More

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is on Belle Isle. It offers interesting exhibits about ships plying their trade on the Great Lakes. There is no admission.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed July 15, 2018

I consider myself a museum connoisseur and as such, I'm fairly critical of museums, but this one passed muster. I hadn't expected much of it, being that it is called a "family museum" as well as being free. Yet it was well laid out, had...More

Thank KerryandTim
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Like many others, I was not expecting a lot out of this museum, but it was a great surprise. The front room is a reconstruction of a gothic room on a steam ship that used to travel to Detroit. It is very pretty. The displays...More

4  Thank cra27
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Judging by the outside I though this place would be tiny but it’s not. There are lots of great exhibits in it and they try to make it enjoyable to all ages. It is pretty interesting for people who like history as they have some...More

1  Thank The_GR_Blade
Reviewed March 11, 2018

We were sure this museum had some state funding or something for the quality and interactivity of the exhibits, but they said no, it was run by the local historical society. Even my teens enjoyed for a long while. Thank you for a lovely visit!...More

1  Thank WaterloosuZQ
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