Located on Strand Drive on Belle Isle, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Our visitors at this 16,000 square foot museum enjoy exhibits that tell more than 300 years of the region’s rich maritime history, from the shipping fleets that rule the waterways to the varied roles that the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have played in our region’s industrial and social history.

Signature Exhibitions

Signature Exhibitions

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum's Signature Exhibitions include the Miss Pepsi, a championship hydroplane raced by the Dossin family in the 1950s; the S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot Housethe restored Gothic Room from the S.S. City of Detroit III; and the newest permanent exhibit, Built by the River.

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Changing Exhibitions

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum's changing or limited-engagement exhibition galleries include a feature exhibition space called the Great Lakes Gallery, as well as a rotating display of the Society's ship models in the Richard & Jane Manoogian Ship Model Showcase in DeRoy Hall.

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Virtual Exhibitions

Virtual exhibitions

Explore the museum virtually with online exhibitions featuring images and artifacts from the Detroit Historical Society collection.

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