Visit Safely


October 15, 2021


We are OPEN and looking forward to seeing you soon! In response to the recent statewide relaxation of emergency orders, we are now operating at full capacity. Please be aware of the following museum visitor protocols, designed to keep everyone safe: 

Museum hours 

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is currently open Friday – Sunday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Walk-in visits are welcome and reservations are no longer required, although you may still make them below.

Reserve advance tickets


Ticket information 

Admission to the museum is free (with a $5 suggested donation), but all visitors will need to register with their name and contact information upon arrival. Advance tickets reserved online are valid for any day/time during regular open hours.

Touchless payment options are available on-site for donations and museum store purchases. Cash is also accepted. 

What can I expect when I arrive? 

Please follow the signs to enter the Dossin Great Lakes Museum lobby. A visitor experience associate will welcome you and help you to register for tickets, if you have not reserved them in advance. Please note that you will be asked to provide your name and contact details.

Out of concern for everyone's safety, masks are once again required for all visitors. Disposable masks are available at the front desk for those who need them. 

We ask that guests practice social distancing as they move through the museum. Public areas are continuously monitored and sanitized throughout the day. In addition, hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the museum.  

If you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of respiratory illness, please choose another day to visit and do not enter the museum. 

What amenities or attractions remain closed? 

Some hands-on elements have temporarily been removed from our exhibitions and some small-square-footage spaces are marked closed. 

All restrooms are open, but public water fountains are closed for the time being. Bottled water is available at the front desk or in the museum store.

Tours and programming 

Small group tours (15 people or less) are available by appointment. To book your experience, call our staff today at 313.833.1801. At this timemost public programs are taking place virtually, with limited in-person programming planned for the summer. Check out our upcoming events.


For additional information on the coronavirus and precautionary measures, please visit the following websites: