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“Exceptional & Informative”

National Museum of the Great Lakes
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Toledo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Fitzgerald. You will learn a lot, even about the history of how they load the ships - at one time they hauled everything with horses and mules, before it was automated - who knew!

Interesting for all ages. Younger ones will love it and it is extremely well laid out for older folks or those with disabilities. We were there before the Schoonmaker was open for the season, and that would be an added bonus, to get to tour that. Even at this time of year you can get right next to it.

Definitely something to see! And P S Tony Packo's is just a mile away.

1  Thank bthomas28
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting museum, but I imagine it would be better in the summer with the boats open. Our 10 year old daughter enjoyed it - there were many interactive exhibits for kids.

1  Thank Christine S
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We took our grandson last summer, he is 7, and it was a great afternoon. Fun and educational and his favorite experience was to go to the wheel house and “steer” the big boat and blow the horn....

Thank Joy R
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

A friend from England was here in October and this is one of the highlights that she enjoyed. We did not allow enough time so I would advise that you plan on most of a day there especially if you are touring the ship. The display in the Museum is truly overwhelming and since much of it is reading about the various subjects and artifacts it really cannot be rushed. Another trip back is our plan. Of course, going during the time of year when it is not snowing would work best also!

Thank 712Jamil
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John M, General Manager at National Museum of the Great Lakes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you for your review and we're glad you had a good experience.

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