General Information

Admission is free

A $5 per visitor donation is suggested.

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
Phone: 313.833.1805  |  Museum front desk: 313.821.2661

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The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is open to the public! The health and safety of our community and staff remain our highest priority. Learn more about how we're helping you visit safely here. 
We are OPEN:
  • Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Walk-in visitors are welcome!  Advance reservations are no longer required, although you may still make them below. 

Reserve advance tickets


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Self-Guided Touring Policy

Teachers and educators can utilize the Dossin Great Lakes Museum as a teaching space by planning a self-guided tour. 

To ensure a quality museum experience for all visitors, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum requests that groups contact education staff in advance to schedule their visiting time at 313.833.1801 or Requests are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. 

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum reserves the right to refuse unscheduled self-guided groups larger than 30, based on daily tour capacity.

Price (includes general admission):

  • Self-Guided Experience for 15 or more adults: $7.50 per adult

The Detroit Historical Society is committed to ensuring our museums are accessible and enjoyable for all visitors. Find complete accessibility information for the Dossin Great Lakes Museum here

*Please note that the Willam Clay Ford Pilot House area is not accessible for persons with physical disabilities. 

Admission to Belle Isle Park

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicles 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.

Pricing 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.   

*Please be aware that the Michigan DNR temporarily restricts vehicle entry onto Belle Isle when capacity is reached. Summer afternoons are particularly busy times; early visits are encouraged. Pedestrian traffic and those entering on bikes are not  impacted. For updates, visit


Parking is free for vehicles with a valid State of Michigan Recreation Passport or a Day Pass. A parking lot is located adjacent to the museum off of The Strand.

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


A DDOT bus stop is located on Loiter Way, about a five minute walk from the museum. Plan your route via (within the city) or (from the suburbs).