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The National Museum of the Great Lakes

Toledo’s newest attraction, the National Museum of the Great Lakes, reveals the haunting and fascinating history of our treasured Great Lakes that happen to make up 84 percent of the fresh surface water in North America.

The main emphasis is on the new museum at the Toledo Maritime Center with a complete experience for visitors of all ages to include:
• More than 250 original Great Lakes artifacts
• Over 40 hands-on exhibits
• Hundreds of photographs – some eerie, some beautiful, all historic
• S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship available for touring
• A beautifully landscaped 3.5 acre maritime-themed park
• Meeting space available for groups

Some examples of what you can see and discover at the National Museum of the Great Lakes:
• Life raft recovered from the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
• The first gold “life-saving” medal presented by the U.S. Government
• Direct your very own simulated submersible through the wreckage of a lost freighter
• Be responsible for keeping your own ship afloat by operating a real bilge pump


1701 Front St.
Toledo, OH, 43605
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440-967-3467 x 6