Signature Exhibitions

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Built by the River

Built by the River

In the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery Detroit’s growth and development into one of the nation’s leading metropolitan regions is undeniably linked to the river that shares its name. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum’s new core exhibition...

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Gothic Room

Gothic Room

The Gothic Room in the Polk Family Hall is the first exhibit you enter when coming into the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.  Stepping through its doors is like stepping back in time inside the reconstructed gentleman’s lounge of the City of Detroit III,...

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Miss Pepsi

Miss Pepsi, the fastest hydroplane in the Detroit River in its time, was perhaps the most famous symbol of a family that made their livelihood distributing nationally famous soft drinks to Detroiters and residents of the region. The company was...

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Outdoor Treasures

Outdoor Treasures

Explore a collection of maritime artifacts on the shores of Belle Isle, including the bow anchor of the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald, an anchor from the schooner North West, naval cannons from the Battle of Lake Eerie in the War of 1812, a Coast...

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William Clay Ford Pilot House

William Clay Ford Pilot House

The S.S. William Clay Ford, a Great Lakes freighter, was scrapped in 1987 and its pilot house was brought to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.  The S.S. William Clay Ford provided years of reliable service transporting iron ore and coal from the upper...

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