Color the Colonel: A Coloring Contest

Put your artistic talents to the test with our first ever coloring contest! You can “Color the Colonel” or impress us with our original art. We will be accepting submissions until Saturday, May 9 at 5pm EST. We will post all of the submissions to Facebook on Monday, May 11 to let the public decide the winner. Click here to visit the Facebook Album. The submissions with the most likes (or loves) by Sunday, May 17 at 5pm EST will win a family 4-pack of tickets to the museum to be used when we re-open! Submissions are closed, but you can still download the coloring pages below.

Nicholas, Age 10, drew the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. What will you draw?


The Categories

Best Coloring

Show off your coloring skills! “Color the Colonel,” AKA the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, featuring the Museum Tug Ohio. Download and print the coloring page drawn by artist Don Lee. 



Best Original Art

Be creative! Draw the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, Museum Tug Ohio or your favorite Great Lakes subject. You can use our special frame provided by artist Don Lee or a plain sheet of paper. If you need inspiration, click here to take a virtual tour of the Schoonmaker.


How to Enter

Take a photo or scan of your creation and email it to along with the artist’s first name and age. You can also share your art to Facebook or Instagram either in the comments of one of our posts about the contest or by tagging us @NMGLToledo. Be sure to use #ColortheColonel.