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Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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Address: 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207
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1 (313) 833-1805
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Fri - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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History at its best!!!

Wonderful display of real artifacts and detailed descriptions of historical events. The museum includes the insides of a real ship and the layout flows nicely.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful display of real artifacts and detailed descriptions of historical events. The museum includes the insides of a real ship and the layout flows nicely.

Thank bacgrl
Roseville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay this museum has a lot to learn from in here like the Gothic Room, Built by the River and the pass of river front. There Ship Model showcase real neat to see. Miss Pepsi racing boat. I can talk about more but should check out.

Thank johntavernier
Detroit, Michigan
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm very impressed with the changes that have taken place on Belle Isle since the state took over the park. We visited the Dossin Museum and enjoyed it very much. I had not been there since the early 80's so I was surprised by all the additions and changes. It's really a fascinating place. Well worth the stop as you... More 

Thank Deetroit
Oakville, Canada
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233 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I came here on a Saturday afternoon during the Easter weekend. I was here for about 3 hours and it was splendid! I LOVE museums and this one was great! I loved learning about the maritime history of Detroit and the various ferries, passenger steamers, etc. that were built during that time! Waking through the museum gave me the opportunity... More 

Thank AKAshon
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2017

My family wasn't sure about what to expect when we got to the museum but were very surprised. The museum has lots of hands on activities for the kids along with a beautiful entry way recreation. The pilot house and the ship steering were highlights for the whole family. The museum is free. I've paid for museums that aren't as... More 

Thank Andrew T
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I have been coming here as a kid since 1973. The pilothouse of the Ford Motor Company steamer William Clay Ford has been attached to the river side of the building so you can get the same view as a great lakes sailor. Grassy areas on either side are great for Boat watching while picnicing and the boat model collection... More 

Thank Gary S
Detroit, Michigan
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Such a great experience. You can learn a lot from people who are either working or volunteering (majority of them are volunteers) enjoy a inside and outside view.

Thank D1B1
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This museum is free but there may be a fee for driving on Belle Isle. Plan to stay about an hour. Check the internet for hours of operation which may vary. Typically it is not crowded and is open from 11 am to 4 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and is always free. Donations are accepted. If you drive too... More 

Thank Mezumi
Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Took the kids who loved it. Cool all the way through. Hands on activities, historical items and the freighter pilothouse to top it all off. A must see if on Belle Isle.

Thank Howard B
New Carlisle, Indiana
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Walking in you will find very elegant wooden room as if walking into a mansion. The museum itself is small but the views of Canada are beautiful. There are Quite a few hands on exhibits and the exhibits are very educational

Thank Kim H

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