National Museum of the Great Lakes

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1701 Front Street in Toledo, Ohio 43606

National Museum of the Great Lakes, (419) 214-5000 or

Vistor Info:
This museum highlights Great Lakes maritime heritage and includes two original Fresnel lenses. Other exhibits include those featuring shipwrecks and shipping. An interactive display allows visitors to explore Great Lakes shipwrecks. The CANOPUS pilothouse overlooks Lake Erie from the back deck of this museum that also houses the Great Lakes Historical Society archives. The museum exhibits three different Orders of Fresnel Lenses, including a Second Order, which is rare on the Great Lakes. A Fourth Order Lens is in operation and set to the original timing from Two Harbors, MN.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for youth 6-17 and $10 for seniors 65 and older. There is a $4 charge to visit the Schoonmaker (open May-October) and hours are subject to change based on time of year or holidays. Please check website for hours before attending.