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Summer Ship & Shore Days Allow Museum Visitors to Explore Great Lakes

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (Toledo, Ohio) – The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) and The Sandpiper passenger tour boat are teaming up again this summer to offer the “Ultimate Great Lakes History Day.” One Saturday a month, a special ticket will be available combining full access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes and a trip along the Maumee River aboard The Sandpiper

“The Ship & Shore experience provides a way to explore Great Lakes history all day long,” says Kate Fineske, the museum’s spokesperson. “Guests receive full-day access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes including our museum’s world-class, family-friendly exhibits, a 617-foot iron ore freighter and a lake class tugboat—along with a mid-day trip aboard The Sandpiper departing and returning from the museum docks.” 

While touring the Maumee River aboard The Sandpiper, visitors will have access to the award-winning Port of Toledo: Then and Now exhibit. This exhibit uses QR codes onboard the vessel to allow cruisers to interact with Great Lakes history along the Maumee River. The codes provide additional images and information about the rich history behind various spots along the river’s banks—giving visitors the opportunity to visually compare and contrast the old Maumee River with the new.

“Ship & Shore: The Ultimate Great Lakes History Day” is offered three Saturdays this summer—June 11, July 9 and August 13. Tickets must be purchased in advance at or by calling 419-214-5000. For additional information please visit