Museum Offers Free Admission; Introduces Micro Exhibit Partnership with Toledo Streets Newspaper

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 (Toledo, Ohio) – In honor of the community improvement and service spirit of the Martin Luther King holiday beginning Saturday, January 13 through Monday, January 15, The National Museum of the Great Lakes will offer FREE Admission to their 11,000 square foot interior exhibits and will also open a Micro Exhibit in partnership with Toledo Streets Newspaper.  

“Community Appreciation Days were born out of the Pandemic as a means to thank those who supported us during unprecedented times,” explains Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Museum Operations. “The event continues growing each year as an annual invitation to community members to start their new year off with Great Lakes history and has also become a way to increase access to our museum and its mission.”

Last year the organization launched its Museums For All initiative at the conclusion of the free weekend. That program supported nearly 500 individuals who received SNAP benefits to access the museum in 2023. This year, in addition to continuing Museums For All, the organization is partnering with Toledo Streets Newspaper, a Toledo-based nonprofit that strives to lift individuals out of poverty. Together, the two organizations will welcome a temporary Art micro exhibit Toledo Streets: Water Scenes, featuring photos of the water and land surrounding the museum’s hometown city of Toledo from a new perspective—through the lens of Toledo Streets Newspaper (TSN) Vendors. 

The Micro exhibit extends beyond the free weekend and remains open through January 28. Original artwork by TSN vendors will be showcased in the exhibit and artwork prints will be available for visitors to purchase in the Museum Store with proceeds going back to support Toledo Streets Newspaper’s mission. For more information about Community Appreciation Day and Water Scenes: An Art Micro Exhibit featuring the work of Toledo Streets Newspaper Vendors visit


About Toledo Streets Newspaper: Toledo Streets is part of a global street paper movement of over 110 papers in 35 countries, all with the same goal of giving communities a program to lift individuals out of poverty through work. Established locally in 2009 to build a safe community working to break the cycle of poverty and empower entrepreneurs, the organization provides resources, training, and a voice for many individuals who don’t have one through self-employment as vendors. The TSN vision is to inspire hope, foster community, and cultivate change in individuals and society. For more information visit:


About the National Museum of the Great Lakes: Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has published a quarterly journal Inland Seas® since 1945; operated a maritime museum since 1952; offered educational programs to the public since 1956; conducted underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001; and managed the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship since 2014 and Museum Tug Ohio since 2019. The opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes enables the Great Lakes Historical Society to continue its mission to preserve and make known the important history of the Great Lakes.


WHAT: Community Appreciation Days & TSN Micro Exhibit: Water Scenes

WHEN: FREE ADMISSION: Saturday, January 13–Monday, January 15th

MICRO EXHIBIT: Saturday, January 13–Sunday, January 28th

WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605

ADMISSION: FREE – All Guests January 13-15; AFTER JANUARY 15:

FREE – Children 5 and under, GLHS/NMGL Members.

$11.00 Adults (18-64); $10.00  Seniors (65+); $8.00 Youth (6-17)

MEDIA CONTACT: NMGL: Ellen Kennedy, 330.957.0371; TSN: Val Vetter, 773.621.6921