Museum offering Fitzgerald Experience, unique tour discussing one of the most notable shipwrecks in Great Lakes history

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (Toledo, Ohio) – The weekend of Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will honor the 48th Anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald by offering special tours. The Fitzgerald Experience is a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using the lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of November 10, 1975, theories surrounding the sinking and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost. 

“The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald was a momentous moment in Great Lakes history,” explained Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Education and Visitor Experience Director. “Guests will come away from these tours with a deeper understanding of the impact of that loss.”

Tickets for the 75-minute tour are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, which includes admission to the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Each tour will be limited to 8 people. Guests will also receive a museum store discount of 10% (non-members) / 20% (members) off in-store purchases. Advance registration is recommended. For more information on this and our other programs or to register to join the tours, visit

Due to its historical accuracy, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship is not handicap or wheelchair accessible. Narrow, steep staircases are common throughout the Schoonmaker and may provide difficulties in accessibility for some. The Schoonmaker is also not heated and much of the tour is on uncovered decks. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. If it is determined that the tours are impossible due to the weather, a refund of the ticket price (minus fees) will be provided. No make-up date is planned. You can process a refund (minus fees) and cancel your ticket up to 7 days before the event.