National Museum of the Great Lakes

1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605 - United States





The National Museum of the Great Lakes, recently voted as the 2nd best attraction in the state of Ohio by USA Today, is a hands-on, historical museum that tells the story of the importance of our Great Lakes.

More than 250 artifacts, hundreds of historical photographs and documents, and more than 40 hands-on exhibits help to tell the story in an engaging, educational and entertaining way. Additionally, the 617 ft. ,107 year-old iron-ore freighter, Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, is permanently moored adjacent to the museum.

New in June 2019 the National Museum of the Great Lakes welcomes its newest addition, the Tug Ohio, generously donated by Great Lakes Towing. The Ohio was purchased by Great Lakes Towing in 1952 and is 106 ft. long. She has likely steamed more miles for the company than any tug in its long history. Both the Schoonmaker and Ohio are available for tours for an up charge. Pricing is available on our website


The National Museum of the Great Lakes is a self-guided museum that is broken into 5 different galleries: Maritime Technology, Exploration and Settlement, Expansion and Industry, Safeguard and Support and Shipwrecks and Survival. Each of these areas blend seamlessly into one another and create a comprehensive appreciation for the majesty of our Great Lakes.


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