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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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Address: 18335 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, MI 49768-9618
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The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group...

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau is open year-round.

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Great place to learn about the Great Lakes history

Went there because it has a) a real nice lighthouse, b) great view over Lake Superior, and c) a great and very informative museum about maritime transport on the Great Lakes and... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Went there because it has a) a real nice lighthouse, b) great view over Lake Superior, and c) a great and very informative museum about maritime transport on the Great Lakes and the dangers this used to comprise of in former times before modern navigation was invented. Most prominent wreck talked about is the Edmund Fitzgerald (which Canadian singer Gordon... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

What a great display. The time and effort this museum has put in, really shows. Thanks for being a jewel in MI!

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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Very informative place about all the great lakes shipwrecks. This was a really fun trip for my husband and I.

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Vista, California
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Well worth the trip. Exhibits and volunteers are professional. We spent a few hours here on a rainy day. I grew up listening to Gordon Lightfoot's rendition of the Edmond Fitzgerald. It was great to learn about this ship and crew. Better yet, to see the recovered bell. I highly recommend this museum.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Our leisure visit on a sunny day included a video of the Edmund Fitzgerald and it's sailors and their families. Other buildings included the housing for the light house caretaker, photographs of the first Coast Guard crews who had to endure unthinkable cold going out on rescue missions, replicas of original life boats, as well as a Lego creation of... More 

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West Los Angeles
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Live in L.A., but flew in to Flint to visit family. As an old Coastie the museum has been on my bucket list for awhile. We drove up and very glad we did. A real jewel. Will return in 2017 and making plans to spend night at the adjacent B & B. Semper Paratus.

Thank Milwood
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Greta lakes shipwreck museum was worth out time going all the way out to the point Museum had facts of all the large ships going down and artifacts from the ships that went down. Also had a brief video of the most famous ship that went down in 1975. Went into the cost guard house , where a volunteer did... More 

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Burlington WI
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

We'll never forget our trip to and overnight at this remarkable place. The museums, the lighthouse, and the lighthouse keepers home were all well presented and very educational. We stayed over at the B & B which was once the home of the coast guard crew. The place was very clean, well furnished, and very comfortable. While there is no... More 

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was a great place to visit. We love history and this place has lots. Easy access, and the exhibits are awesome, especially the one on the Edmund Fitzgerald. We also walked though the sanctuary out to the lake, great views.

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Murfreesboro, TN
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Great small museum about Great Lakes shipwrecks, lighthouses, and life-saving service. Also overnight lodging available in a former coast guard building.

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