History of the Great Lakes Museum

January 2017 Feature

All together, the Great Lakes hold more than 20% of the world’s freshwater, but more than that, they are also filled with stories. The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio is dedicated to telling some of those stories.

The history truly reflects the place of these lakes in the heartland of the United States. This was the end point of the Underground Railroad that took escaped slaves to freedom. The unpredictable waters hold more shipwrecks in their depths than any comparably sized region, of which the Edmund Fitzgerald is only one famous example.

The the museum is dedicated to providing educational and entertaining exhibits on the multi-faceted history of the Great Lakes and is well stocked with interactive exhibits to keep the kids engaged. Built on the site of a former ferry boathouse, and, for an additional fee, patrons may tour the cargoship. Col. James M. Schoonmaker.

You will be shocked at how much history these lakes truly hold.

Go check out the National Museum of the Great Lakes website here.



1701 Front St., Toledo, Ohio


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, except major holidays.

The museum is closed Mondays, except Memorial Day and Labor Day.


The museum ship is open May through October.

Admission Pricing:

Admission is $11 for adults, or $15 for museum and ship; $10 ($14) for senior citizens, AAA members and military personnel; $8 ($12) for children ages 6-17.


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