School Tours & Programs

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum provides engaging field trip experiences for students. Aligned with state standards, our tours and programs will enhance any curriculum.

Tours, programs and workshops must be booked a minimum of one month in advance. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation letter with an invoice and other important information. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the program date. Your field trip is subject to cancellation if your payment is late.

There must be one chaperone for every 10 students. Please note, due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate additional chaperones that were not included in your reservation.

PDF Download our 2021-22 School Programs Planning Guide

Please note
  • The Dossin Great Lakes Museum does not allow self-guided groups of more than 30 people. If self-guided groups are not booked in advance, they may not be granted access to the museum.
  • If your group cancels in less than 48 hrs, or does not show up for your reservation time, a $50.00 cancellation fee will be applied to your school or group account. 
  • Should you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, please contact our education team as soon as possible (313.833.1801), so that we can accommodate your reservation changes. 
 On-site Prices (includes general admission):
  • Self-Guided Experience for 15 or more students: $5 per student
  • Scavenger Hunt Experience for 15 or more students: $5 per student
  • Guided Tour Experience: $5 per student   *Note: For every 10 students, 1 teacher/chaperone is free!
  • Workshops: $250 flat rate for up to 30 students

Reservation of lunchroom/meeting space is an additional $50.00 
Use of museum spaces on Mondays or after hours is an additional $150.00

Virtual Pricing:
  • Virtual Guided Tour Experience: $250.00 per virtual experience for up to 60 students.
Funding the Fun is available for Title 1 Schools.

The Funding the Fun Program provides qualifying schools with a free field trip (onsite or virtual), bus reimbursement up to $250, for the Detroit Historical Museum or Dossin Great Lakes Museum.  If your school’s free and reduced lunch price numbers are greater than 65%, your school is eligible for this program. Program funds are available at the beginning of each school year on a first come first serve basis.

Learn more on how to apply here!

Self-Guided Experiences

We offer educators the opportunity to guide students as they explore our exhibits, examine artifacts and uncover Detroit’s history on their own. In our self-guided experiences, teachers and chaperones work with small groups of students to facilitate activities provided by the museums.

Passport to Learning

Recommended for 2nd - 5th grade

Students become history travelers as they explore museum exhibits and answer questions using our Passport to Learning booklet. Each student will receive a booklet with questions and activities that encourage interaction with the exhibits. Chaperones and teachers help facilitate discussions, and “stamp” student passports as they complete activities.

  • Maximum 120 students
  • Times: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Group prices: $50 for up to 30 students
  • $100 for 31 – 60 students
  • $150 for 61 – 90 students
  • $200 for 91 – 120 students


Guided Tours

Museum educators lead students through an interactive tour of key museum exhibits. The tours have been designed to meet Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core Standards for grades 3 – 8, but our tour guides can accommodate students at all grade levels.

Maritime History Tour

Recommended for 3rd - 12th grade

Whether by birch bark canoe, sailing ship, steamboat, hydroplane or giant freighter, Detroiters have used the Great Lakes to build their city, their fortunes and their lives. On this tour, students will discover Detroit’s connection to the Great Lakes from the building of Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit to the sinking of The Edmund Fitzgerald.

  • Maximum 60 students
  • Tour times: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Tour length: 90 minutes
  • Cost: $5 per participant




  • Tour times: Mondays - Wednesdays, 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • Tour length: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $250 per virtual experience for up to 60 students.


PDF Download our Maritime History Field Trip Guide for more information and pre-visit lesson plans.



Our workshops are an in-depth exploration of key historical themes and concepts. Students interact with history through a combination of inquiry-based learning games and activities.

Gettin' Around the Great Lakes

Recommended for 3rd - 5th grade

All Aboard for the Gettin’ around the Great Lakes program! In this fun and interactive experience, students learn all about how we used our inland seas as America’s first superhighway. They will explore the diverse geography of the Great Lakes region, navigate the waters using only the sound of buoys and communicate using the language of the lakes, all from the comfort of your classroom.

  • Maximum 30 students
  • Tour times: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $200 per group

pdfDownload a list of State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations met by this program.


How to Book a Field Trip

Call our Education Team at 313.833.1801 or complete the short form below.

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