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“A solid collection of small boats and models, that relate to the Great Lakes.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sandusky Maritime Museum

Sandusky Maritime Museum
Ranked #11 of 37 things to do in Sandusky
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Elyria, Ohio
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77 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A solid collection of small boats and models, that relate to the Great Lakes.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

A good little museum, well worth the time if you are interested in Great Lakes history. They have an outdoor area with some boats and in the summer hands on demonstrations.
A good place to go for a break from Cedar Point and to see something historical.

Not too overwhelming for children as it is not a large museum.

Visited September 2013
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Sandusky, Ohio
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50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Nautical History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

If you love ships, boats, and the Great Lakes, you'll love this museum. It is small, but it is limited to the Sandusky area, so you get great depth on the subject matter. The Sandusky area has a long history and strong connection to Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay and the museum does a nice job of preserving and sharing it. A good value, as well. If you are around for one of the events that the museum hosts, you will be wowed.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank M G
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East Syracuse, New York
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232 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
“Small interesting museum.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

This museum is much about the great lakes area & shipping. Glass cases, large & small, contain instruments, models of ships-coast guard, ferries & cargo. The case with instruments include compasses, taffical clock, sextants stadimeter, a course corrector & taffical spinner. There is an exhibit about ice cutting and gas powered cutters. One exhibit is about the Edmund Fitzgerald cargo ship. There is a wall of knots, along with bench where a visitor can try their hand at tying.

Other exhibits is the Johnson Island Conspiracy. This about an escape attempt by civil war confederate officers, the escape didn't succeed. Also is a Pirates On Lake Erie small replica boat. One exhibit not to be missed is about the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie. Here a visitor will learn about the ships, crews, and weapons used by the U.S. & Engish navies.

There are two separate buildings that house boats built by the Lyman Boat Works. The Howman Boat House is the main building to check out. This building contains Lyman out/in board boats, Also two rowboats. There is a large photo of the inside of the Lyman Boat Works. Also are a few hand tools used in the building & repair of boats.

A visit will probably take 45 minutes at most. My visit was over one hour. This included photographing many of the exhibits. This museum is not one a visitor would go out of their way. I stopped before heading to the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton.

Any person interested in maritime history, the Sandusky/Port Clinton area and the Lyman Boat Works, this museum is worth a stop. Large parking lot, free parking. I am glad I took the time to visit. Discovered many interesting exhibits. A visit is recommended.

Jack. L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited October 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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380 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“A sailor's attic of sorts.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

There are some very interesting artifacts of the area's long relationship with the lake but they are not particularly well presented or coordinated. I believe this is pretty much a volunteer operation so am willing to accept a certain lack of organization in a place that is clearly doing a good job of preserving local history.

Visited August 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good bang for the buck!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stopped here on a whim and I'm so glad we did! We started our visit with the informative film about the history of the Sandusky region, which gave us a great basis to understand and learn from the rest of the museum. There were many interesting and interactive displays. Some of our favorites focused on history (including ice production, boating, and Sandusky's role in the Underground Railroad), nautical knot-tying, the audio recordings and panorama of wildlife, and the well-stocked bookstore/gift shop. Our family, spanning three generations from ages 16 to 76, was completely engaged for about an hour, and we left feeling much more informed and knowledgeable about the region. (Basically agree with everything Chris M says, except that we are from out of town and knew nothing about the area, so this was a great introduction for us.) I would definitely recommend this to others who are in the area and have an interest in history and/or boating; for only a few dollars and an hour's time, you will definitely get your money's worth.

Visited July 2013
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