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Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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Address: 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
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+1 313-852-4051
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Wonderful interactive Museum filled with history

This museum is free but there may be a fee for driving on Belle Isle. Plan to stay about an hour. Check the internet for hours of operation which may vary. Typically it is not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 18, 2017
Mezumi
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

This museum is free but there may be a fee for driving on Belle Isle. Plan to stay about an hour. Check the internet for hours of operation which may vary. Typically it is not crowded and is open from 11 am to 4 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and is always free. Donations are accepted. If you drive too... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Took the kids who loved it. Cool all the way through. Hands on activities, historical items and the freighter pilothouse to top it all off. A must see if on Belle Isle.

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New Carlisle, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Walking in you will find very elegant wooden room as if walking into a mansion. The museum itself is small but the views of Canada are beautiful. There are Quite a few hands on exhibits and the exhibits are very educational

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Thank Kim H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

As you walk in you think you are walking into a church. It is an amazing room that is from one of the old steamers that sailed the Great Lakes. Beautiful carved wood and stain glass. There are many hands on exhibits that actually work and teach about navigation. There is some history of the Great Lakes, models of ships,... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

The Dossin is a modest museum, but is actually very interesting. There are many exhibits presented in creative, and in many cases, a hands on way. Very fun for kids and adults alike. Set on the south shore of Belle Isle it faces out to the Canadian shoreline a mile across the Detroit River. What a great view from the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

We stopped almost as a lark and are glad we did. There is a real submarine periscope that one can use to see across the river. The actual Captain's deck of a freighter is at one end of the museum overlooking the river. It just happened that a large freighter passed right in front of us and were able to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Dossin is a must see, especially since its free! lots of maritime history, material, great exhibits some interactive, knowledgeable staff, and has a small ballroom that can be rented out for events

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

So much to see and learn. Take your time. The staff is very knowledgeable. Very clean and safe. You will want to bring family and friends. Many items to purchase.

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Boulder, United States
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We had planned a short stop to check out the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Two hours later we found that we could have stayed even longer. Videos, beautiful lenses from Lighthouses and docks and the front part of a river boat built right onto the museum. We didn't have a chance to do more than peruse the maps there was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

There was not a ton of information here engaged my son. It helped to have had a little knowledge before we went. We read up on a couple of historic tankers and learned some facts about our Great Lakes. He loved looking at the maps and touching anything he could. It was a quick trip for us--we stayed about a... More 

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