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 2018-19 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 (313.833.7979), so we can accomadate your reservation changes. 
Adopt-A-Class Funding is available for Title 1 Schools.

The Adopt a Class Program provides qualifying schools with a free field trip, bus reimbursement up to $250, and a lunchroom at 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.

Adopt-A-Class Program Policies and Field Trip Guidelines


Maritime History Tour

Appropriate for 3rd - 12th grade

Learn about the geographic, economic, social and cultural developments of the Detroit River and the Great Lakes waterways. This 90-minute guided tour will teach students why Detroit is located on the river, how the Great Lakes provide transportation routes for shipping goods and people and the role the Great Lakes played in the War of 1812 and World War II .

  • Maximum 75 students
  • Tour times: Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 per participant

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



Great Lakes Transportation Workshop

Appropriate for 3rd - 5th grade

The Great Lakes are an integral part of our history, geography and economics. In this 90-minute program, students will learn about transportation on the Great Lakes and the Detroit River from 1701 to the present day. They will label the lakes, states and ports on a giant floor map, attempt to navigate a waterway using only the sound of buoys and learn to communicate using bells, whistles, flags and other languages of the lake.

  • 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 School Programs Manager at 313.833.1419 or complete the short form below.

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