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“Great little museum”

Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Ranked #31 of 142 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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RBlanch4080
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

If you want to learn abou the great lakes and history of maritime Detroit you should check out this little gem. Its a quick trip and good time. Don't forget to check out the rest of Belle isle while you are there!

Visited January 2012
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Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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148 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 522 helpful votes
“Free Admission- Good Displays”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Small niche museum dedicated to Great Lakes shipping & nautical history tucked away on Belle Isle- Unusual hours but was open on Sunday. I especially enjoyed the Bablo exhibit. Has a cool observation deck for watching passing freighter traffic on the Detroit river. Some parts are designed to resemble a ships interior. Elderly volunteer staffers add to the experience.

The exterior has an Edumnd Fitzgerald memorial and some cannons, anchors and a coast guard boat for the kids to play on.

Clean, small, well constructed and thoughtful little museum AND the price is right. You can't lose.

Visited December 2012
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pretty good freighter museum”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Lots of history regarding Great Lakes ships and ship wrecks. Located on Belle Isle off of downtown Detroit.

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Novi, Michigan
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting place... but don't expect so much”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The museum displays old ships and ship models. They are unique and really interesting.

But don't expect so much. It is too small place and opens only on weekend.

Visited September 2012
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Utica, Michigan
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Ship Info”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

If you want to learn about shipping on the great lakes this is a great place to go. There are hands on exhibits and many artifacts and displays explaining the about various ships.

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