Make a day out of exploring Great Lakes history at the National Museum of the Great Lakes and seeing the Port of Toledo from the water aboard the Sandpiper! Get full access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes, including our world-class, family-friendly exhibits, a 617-foot iron ore freighter, and a tugboat before boarding
Join our junior tugboat crew for tug-themed kid activities! Become a part of our junior tugboat crew during Captain Scuppers Tug Life—an hour of tug-themed activities ideal for kids ages 3 - 10. Discover the Adventures of Kitty Smoke—a tale of an old tugboat who gets a second chance with the help of a boy.
Tour the largest U.S. academic research vessel on the Great Lakes! Get on board the largest U.S. academic research vessel on the Great Lakes, R/V Blue Heron, and learn about the important Great Lakes research being done by the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Registered guests will meet the crew and
Between Friday, September 1 and Sunday, September 10, members of Imagination Station can use their membership card to get into the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Likewise, members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes can use their membership card to access Imagination Station. To take advantage of this, simply present your membership
Come Aboard our Volunteer Crew! Join us for Volunteers 1st Day! Drop into the museum on the first of every month to help support our mission. Volunteer opportunities vary, which means every Volunteer 1st Day will offer something different you can help with! These opportunities can change depending on the season and current needs of
Join us on Saturday, September 9th for FREE admission! The National Museum of the Great Lakes is partnering with Imagination Station for a day of water-based, green learning activities and FREE admission at both museums in recognition of Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. Thanks to the generous support of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation,
Set foot in spaces typically off-limits to visitors in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, Museum Tug Ohio and St. Marys Challenger Pilothouse. During this 2-hour experience you have the exclusive opportunity to take a deeper dive into the ships’ inner workings and visit “hard-hat” only locations like the:
Join us 3 Saturdays this Fall for the return of Capt. Scupper’s Songfest—a maritime music and movement class taught in partnership with Sing into Reading. This fun activity targeting our youngest maritime enthusiasts gives kids the chance to build a love of reading through music that incorporates a “Great Lakes twist.” Children ages 0-6 and