General Information

Admission to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is FREE.

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is located on the shores of Detroit’s historic Belle Isle, just east of downtown Detroit.

100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207  CLICK HERE for a Google map and directions



Regular Museum Hours

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Special Spring Break Hours!

The Museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, then open with extended hours for Spring Break on Monday, April 6, 2015 through Friday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.


Starting February 1, the Michigan DNR has informed the Detroit Historical Society that the Recreation Passport will be strictly enforced for every vehicle entering Belle Isle Park.  If you are planning to visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum or attend an event and do not have a Passport, you can purchase one on the island.

In the short term, there will be a temporary trailer located at the entrance to the park after you cross the bridge on the right.  All vehicles will be stopped there and checked for a Recreation Passport. The Passport can be purchased there if needed. Vehicles not possessing the passport would not be allowed to proceed to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum or enter the island.

Pricing for the Recreation Passport is as follows:

  • Michigan registered vehicles - $11;
  • Out of state vehicles - $9 for a day pass or $31 for an annual pass;
  • Commercial vehicles - $16 for an annual pass, including buses and limos.

More information on the Recreation Passport can be found online at, however, only out-of-state residents can purchase Passports online. Residents can purchase the Passport at any State Park or when renewing their license tabs annually.   

By April 1, a permanent two-lane booth is expected to be installed at the entrance to Belle Isle. One lane is expected to be used for cars with a Recreation Passport designation on their license plate that can be scanned without stopping. Until this booth with the “scan lane” is installed, every vehicle will be stopped before entering the island from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The DNR has advised us that, if a bridge back up occurs, drivers will be let on the island without being checked. DNR rangers will then be checking parking lots to ensure vehicles have the Passport.  If they spot a vehicle without it, a violation notice will be placed on the windshield.  The vehicle owner will have 14 days to purchase the Passport, presumably at the park entrance. If the Passport is not purchased after 14 days, the notice then becomes a ticket.



Parking is free for vehicles with a valid State of Michigan Recreation Passport or a Day Pass.

For more information on Belle Isle park, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website.