Ship & Shore: The Ultimate Great Lakes History Day

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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

$17 – $40

Capt. Scupper’s Tug Life

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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 Research Vessel R/V Blue Heron

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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

Membership Swap — Imagination Station

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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

Volunteers 1st Day

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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

Labor Day — Free Admission for Union Members

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be offering FREE admission on Labor Day (Monday, September 4) to all active and retired Union Members. This free promotion provides admission to the museum and museum vessels.

FREE ADMISSION — Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s 50th Anniversary

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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,

Hard Hat Tours: Behind the Scenes of our Museum Vessels

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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:

Capt. Scupper’s Songfest: Maritime Music & Movement

National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH, United States

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

$5 – $15

H2Oh! Gala & Silent Auction

The Historic ProMedica Steam Plant, 100 Madison Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604 OH, United States

We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 23, 2023, for the annual H2Oh! fundraiser in support of the Great Lakes Historical Society and its National Museum of the Great Lakes.

$100