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National Museum of the Great Lakes

1701 Front St, Toledo, OH 43605-1481
+1 419-214-5000
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More interesting than expected

I thought this was a one hour stop but ended up spending close to three. Part of that time was in a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Haikuist
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Delaware, Ohio
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Don't miss the ship!!

Very nicely done. Exhibits educational.The ship tour physically difficult for some. Well worth the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Larry S
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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 round.
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  • Average2%
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1701 Front St, Toledo, OH 43605-1481
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thought this was a one hour stop but ended up spending close to three. Part of that time was in a historic freighter that you can explore thoroughly. Nothing seemed off limits including the engine room, cargo hold, staterooms and steering house. It was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nicely done. Exhibits educational.The ship tour physically difficult for some. Well worth the time and effort.

Thank Larry S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very informative museum, self-guided, with a number of interesting artifacts, some from the famed Edmund Fitzgerald. It is a good learning experience for those interested in the evolution of commerce on the Great Lakes and its role in the building of the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have driven past this museum for months and finally had time to check it out. I try to tour ships wherever I travel and this one is wonderful. All of the crew spaces on the stern are open for inspection. You have access to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the better part of almost 4 hours in the museum and on the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, the Great Lakes freighter that's part of the museum. It covers the nature, the history, the safety and of course the wrecks. The museum displays are well...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

i am here to thank everyone for helping my school even when i perches things from your guys shop i even want to thank Adam H for help me cash out for the things i bought. then when everyone was talking this young man plays...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

I spent nearly two hours going through this museum which does a very good job of covering various aspects of commercial traffic on the Great Lakes: ship building, propulsion, Coast Guard, wrecks. And it’s all well presented with clear, understandable displays. Kudos to the people...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We spent 2 hours without even realizing it. They have one of the lifeboats from the ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald and so many stories of the Great Lakes and artifacts from different ships. Very interesting. We plan on going back in June when the ship will...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We had been to the museum when it was in Vermilion and loved it there. This new museum is larger and very well done. I think it covers everything about the Great Lakes, of course aren't we all haunted by the sinking of the Edmund...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The exhibits have been updated and kept the interest of a 12 and 6 year old and also things for a 3 year old. Every time I go I find more and learn more about the Great lakes. Very educational. Worth buying a membership.

1  Thank Keith H
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78traveler
8 March 2018|
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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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Rachel C
6 September 2017|
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Response from 732MPD | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very informative. Good for all ages.
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bowmantammy
19 July 2017|
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Response from Dave S | Reviewed this property |
A 4 year old would like boarding the ship but I doubt they'd get anything but bored in the museum. Museum is good for the adults though.
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