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
Phone: 313.833.1805  |  Museum front desk: 313.821.2661

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Regular Museum Hours



  • Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

OPEN UNTIL 8 PM on Friday, December 14 for the Belle Isle Holiday Stroll

CLOSED on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1 for the holidays

OPEN from Wednesday, December 26 - Sunday, December 30 for Holiday Break

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 313.833.7979 or Requests are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. 

We suggest a donation of $50 per group of 30 visitors. There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. Students must always be supervised in the museum and observe museum guidelines.

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


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

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.   


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).