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National Museum of the Great Lakes

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Excellent modern museum

Excellent newer museum. 100 year old freighter docked alongside offers self guided tours (additonal... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matt K
Chigoland, IL
National Museum of the Great Lakes

We enjoyed viewing a ship that traveled the Great Lakes. You can download the app and listen to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This is a maritime museum dedicated to the Great Lakes. There are six exhibit galleries, an outdoor maritime park, and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. While the Ship is open seasonally May- October, the museum and maritime park open year...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1701 Front St, Toledo, OH 43605-1481
+1 419-214-5000
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 2, 2014

We added this stop on our way home from vacation because we had an extra hour to fill, but this museum will be part of the plan next time we're in this direction. The exhibits were created in a way that will interest most, if...More

8  Thank StephanieML2014
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 18, 2015

This museum has some insights into the Great Lakes and the industry that sprang from them. I did not learn a whole lot but did enjoy learning about the Great Lakes themselves. The steamer moored alongside is only available from May to September so I...More

4  Thank agia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent newer museum. 100 year old freighter docked alongside offers self guided tours (additonal charge for admission). The tour is originated with a QR reader on your own smart phone and very easy to use. Very nice exhibits in the main museum building. Plan on...More

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed viewing a ship that traveled the Great Lakes. You can download the app and listen to all the points of interest of the ship at your own pace. There is also a building with a movie and museum with your ticket.

Thank summer49ohio
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The displays are very informative and interactive. They charge it up every so often and add displays. The new Tug is going to be a welcome addition. My 12 year old Grandson never tires of going there.

Thank kmhaddad222
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great family place! Educational for kids and adults. Interactive, hands on displays. The ship itself is historical and interesting. Check for events, they have fun and interesting events and classes often. Nice little gift shop on site.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in the Toledo area, this is one stop you will not want to miss. The museum is only 4 years old and includes a great lakes ship, the Colonel James M. Schoonmaker that can be boarded and toured at your speed. Yellow arrows mark...More

Thank Kent S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum and freighter tour. Would recommend it to everyone. Liked the interactive exhibits. Easy access from I-280. For great hot dogs after seeing the Museum, stop a Tony Packos which is just a few miles away on Front Street.

Thank Beth F
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Priceless history , treasures, artifacts and videos. The museum is beautifully created and maintained. Great for everyone .

Thank mooseheads426
Reviewed October 2, 2018

WOW and WOW! Have wanted to stop here for a few years, and so thankful we finally did. The informative and lovely museum is extremely well done, and deserving of more time than we had that day. The Schoonmaker is beautifully restored and even if...More

Thank momE1
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Museum was good, but a tour of the Great Lakes freighter was GREAT! Taking the tour, seeing into the hold, the dining halls, bedrooms, etc was a look into the shipping industry on the lakes. See it if you are in Toledo, OH and find...More

Thank ADAMcomputer
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

This musuem covers history, storms and shipwrecks, how ship designs have changed, the canals that allowed the use of bigger ship, and transport economics related to steel and related industries and to grain. Besides adults, there's stuff there that would interest kids from about the...More

Thank David G
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September 9, 2018|
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Response from susan s | Reviewed this property |
Very close, and you can drop someone at the door if necessary.
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Response from Carol S | Reviewed this property |
There are things I believe they would enjoy. There are some hands on exhibits and a movie. Quite a few artifacts to look at so that would keep them entertained. It just depends on if they are into anything to do with... More
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Response from 732MPD | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very informative. Good for all ages.