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The Great Lakes are not only the most important natural resource in the world, but they also represent thousands of years of history. The lakes have dramatically impacted the social, economic and political history of the North American continent. The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the awe-inspiring stories of our Great Lakes through breathtaking photography, over 300 incredible artifacts, a number of powerful audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits including the 617-foot iron ore freighter Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the historic Museum Tug OhioClick here to explore the museum and the Schoonmaker.

The tales told here span hundreds of years, from the fur traders in the 1600s to the Underground Railroad operators in the 1800s, the rum runners in the 1900s, to the sailors on the thousand-footers sailing today. The theme of the Great Lakes as a Powerful Force runs through all of these stories and will create a lifelong interest in all who visit.

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Fitzgerald Documentary Showings

We would like to thank everyone who came out to our Museum on the Move program in Rocky River, Ohio last night. Over 200 people attended the screening of our new documentary “A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned: The Fitzgerald and Her Legacy.” This documentary highlights stories about the Edmund Fitzgerald‘s seventeen years on […]