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National Museum of the Great Lakes

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When in the Toledo area, this is one stop you will not want to miss. The museum is only 4 years old... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kent S
Springfield, Ohio
Lots to see at the Museum.

Great museum and freighter tour. Would recommend it to everyone. Liked the interactive exhibits... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Beth F
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 days 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 1 week ago

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

Thank mooseheads426
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is wonderful. It seems larger inside than it does on the outside. It can handle quite a few people at a time due to its multiple areas of exhibits and the fact that you don’t need to go in any one direction. We...More

Thank dianebA380ZC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend! The museum displays were interesting and interactive. The best feature was the freighter. We actually got to go aboard and learn about the amazing history of the Great Lakes. It took about 3 hours and would be very suitable for all ages...More

Thank Cindy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a new, relatively small museum, but it has some great items on display, including artifacts from the Edmund Fitzgerald. In addition, be sure to tour the museum ship on site (a Great Lakes freighter). A must-see if you are in the area.

Thank anitamV2020DB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a huge museum, but is well worth the stop. Touring the Schoonmaker by itself was interesting and educational, but the displays inside give a great overview of how Great Lakes commerce works and the things these folks have to deal with. Highly...More

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10 September 2018|
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Response from susan s | Reviewed this property |
Very close, and you can drop someone at the door if necessary.
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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6 September 2017|
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Response from 732MPD | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very informative. Good for all ages.