Second Wave Expansion

Celebrating Our Second Wave: A New Chapter for the National Museum of the Great Lakes

We recently celebrated a significant milestone with the groundbreaking of our Second Wave Expansion. This event, which took place on Monday, April 22, 2024, marks a new chapter in the museum’s mission to preserve and make known the history of the Great Lakes.

Large crowd watching a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes

Embarking on a Pivotal Development

The Second Wave Expansion is an exciting step into the future, made possible by the unwavering support of our community, including the State of Ohio, forward-thinking businesses, generous donors, loyal museum members, and visitors. The new 5,000-square-foot space will allow us to enhance our exhibit spaces and community education opportunities. It’s important to note that we will remain open during construction and ask that you pardon our dust during the construction process.

Exciting Plans for the Expansion

The ceremony provided attendees with a glimpse into the exciting plans for the expansion, which include dedicated areas for temporary and traveling exhibits, innovative permanent exhibit spaces, and a new Great Lakes community education center. This center allows us to become a gathering space for all conversations surrounding the Great Lakes — from the environmental impact to recreational use.

Multi Purpose Room

Rendering of Great Lakes community education center.

Community Support and Key Speakers

The ceremonial ground breaking was attended by community leaders, board members, and friends of the museum. Speakers included our Executive Director, Kate Fineske, Paul LaMerre III, NMGL Board Member and Director of the Port of Monroe, and Dr. Bill Davis, NMGL’s Local Public Campaign Board Lead and Chair of the Department of Dentistry and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Toledo.

A special thank you to our partners at Lathrop and The Collaborative for all of your support!

Looking Ahead

The Second Wave Expansion represents a significant step toward creating an enhanced experience for Great Lakes history and conversation. If you want to be part of the next wave of growth, you can make a contribution.

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Stay tuned for updates on the construction progress and upcoming events related to the Second Wave Expansion. We forward to welcoming you to this new and exciting phase of its journey!