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


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Regular Museum Hours

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

We will be OPEN on Friday, December 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Belle Isle Holiday Stroll!

Saturday, December 26 to Sunday, January 3, 2016: We will be OPEN daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for extended holiday hours (with the exception of Friday, January 1, 2016, when the museum will be closed).

 The Detroit Historical Society is collecting donations for Toys for Tots between November 27 and December 11, 2015! Toys can be dropped off at the front desk of both the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum during regular museum hours. For FAQs about donations, please visit 


Please note that some areas at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum are not handicap accessible. A manual wheelchair is available for visitor use. Inquire at the front desk for more information.


The Michigan DNR has informed the Detroit Historical Society that the Recreation Passport is being 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.   

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.