Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
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The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has become one of Michigan’s most popular destinations in the cultural tourism industry, attracting over 75,000 visitors each season. Museum patrons learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes at the Whitefish Point Light Station, an Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places. See the Whitefish Point Light Tower, in continuous operation for 155 years, the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula.
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,000 contributions
Jun 2022
This is an outstanding and amazing museum to see. With paid admission, you tour the museum, the lighthouse, and all the surrounding buildings, and see how how the US coast guard kept the area safe for all the mariners. The museum itself, has an amazing history of all the shipwrecks, especially the Edmund Fitzgerald. We got some souvenirs from their gift shop. This is a must if in this area.
Written June 29, 2022
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LeePulaski_Va_
Pulaski, VA254 contributions
Jun 2021
I visited the Museum primarily because of my fascination with the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Museum satisfied my interest, and I learned about a large number of other tragic and deadly shipwrecks. The entrance fee allows you to visit the Museum as well as the keeper's house and one other building. The keeper's house was quite interesting, and the female guide was very nice and informative.
The Museum, grounds, and the beach area were very busy but not oppressively crowded.
Finally, I thought $14.00 was a trifle steep, but I suppose the real tourist season is fairly short, and the grounds are extensive.
Written July 5, 2021
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,362 contributions
Jun 2021
I was very excited to finally get to see the Shipwreck Museum. It had been on my Bucket List for years. After finally making it up there to see it, I can say that it is very well done, but a little underwhelming as far as the size of the building it's in. Unless you read every piece of information in the place, you can easily see it in 30 minutes. I'd recommend that you spend extra time to read and watch the videos they have going. The layout of the museum is excellent and the majority of the room is dimly lit with the displays brightly lit. This creates a cool atmosphere. The displays are excellent with photos, models, and artifacts from many shipwrecks, including the famous Edmund Fitzgerald.

The whole Whitefish Point complex should be a must see if you are vacationing in the U.P.
Written October 28, 2021
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ljretires
Port Orange134 contributions
Jun 2022
I found paying $14 per person a little high. I know it had a museum and different rooms so little more than going to just a lighthouse. But a lighthouse is only $3-$5 to go.
The building you walk into for admission is also a museum that has a lot of information on shipwrecks which is where they get the name. Then there is a gift shop, a building with coast guard boat, a place they play a movie. We were on a 30-day trip of seeing lighthouses and I forgot this place had one on the property so it was nice. You couldn't walk up it.
In other reviews or you might find another listing for Bird Observatory. It is on the property in the back. Because of our schedule we didn't get to see it or to go back to it.
Written June 21, 2022
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DianeP48
Bensalem, PA123 contributions
Aug 2021
We recently was reintroduced to Gordon Lightfoot and of course then, did more research into his song about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. We knew we had to get to this museum and made the 14 hour drive to find that every mile was worth it. The area of the Upper Penisula of Michigan is beautiful and we enjoyed our time here with this Museum a sure hit. Everyone here is knowledgeable and very friendly. All the houses of the tour are fascinating and interesting. We were able to walk into Lake Superior and feel how enormous the Lake is. We walked the path as well. The gift shop offered many interesting items.
Written August 14, 2021
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Jen M
10 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Interesting museum…there are several buildings containing information about the shipwrecks, lifesaving tactics, and the light keeper’s building. There’s not much in the area so make sure you have a reliable vehicle, a full tank of gas, and some snacks! Cell service is also spotty. A short walk out to Lake Superior is also worth the extra time…it’s covered with driftwood and beautifully colored rocks.
Written June 3, 2022
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Cecil P
Michigan238 contributions
Jun 2021
Almost a reverent atmosphere as you walk along the many great displays of information and artifacts of sailing vessels wreaked in the waters around Whitefish Point, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. There was a museum for everyone in our group. Out 9 year old grandson wanted to know about nearly every display in the Shipwreck Museum. Grandma enjoyed the Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters with its displays of life at the lighthouse station. Grandpa favored the USCG Surfboat House seeing the displays of the brave coast guardsmen and their stories of fighting to row through the surf. The grounds and beach are great for a stroll. Well worth the visit.G
Written October 22, 2021
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Angelique L
Escanaba, MI356 contributions
Jul 2020
Great Museum complex. Social distancing is being enforced. Only a certain number of people are allowed in the buildings at one time and masks are required. The beach area is great for swimming and rock picking. You must stay out of the bird nesting area going to the right down the beach, but there is PLENTY of beach for everyone. If you are planning to picnic in the area, bring a blanket, for even though there are plenty of benches in the area, there are no picnic tables. There are plenty of garbage cans.
Written July 4, 2020
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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL8,219 contributions
Oct 2021
It’s very nice museum which consists of few buildings.
The main building has many great artefacts from sunken ships.
The whole exhibition has sections dedicated to major vessels sunken in the lakes.
Each section consists the story “how the tragedy happened”, there are pictures or models of the ships, pictures of the captain and few important artefacts from sunken ship brought back from the depth of lakes.
Reading the stories, you can feel how tragic these events were, especially for the families of the ship’s crew.
Other building is a private quarter of the families of the lighthouse workers.
You can see how the rooms looked like. They are fully equipped and look very real.
There is also… a gift shop which beside of souvenirs, offers a good homemade salsa and fudge with many tastes..
I recommend this museum.

RomanP
Written October 29, 2021
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Carol C
Sterling Heights, MI149 contributions
May 2022
Main building is the actual museum which displays the various shipwrecks, and giving detailed information. Of significant note, it contains the bell which was retrieved from the sunken Edmund Fitzgerald. There were other buildings to visit which included the living quarters of the lighthouse keepers, the Surfboat House and a gift shop. It was definitely worth the trip.
Written May 30, 2022
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