General Information & Pricing

Don’t just make plans – make history!

The Gothic RoomThe Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a maritime heritage museum, stands on the shores of Detroit’s historic Belle Isle, one of America’s grandest city parks. Here, you’ll explore rare artifacts exhibiting 300 years of Great Lakes history.

Party guests will take in a panoramic view of the Detroit River and Canada and step back in time through the Gothic Room – originally a luxurious lounge on the City of Detroit III Great Lakes steamer.

With indoor and outdoor space available, your options are limitless!  The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is truly a unique venue sure to make your event special.

Please call us at 313.833.1456 to schedule a free consultation with our events sales manager or follow the links for more options. 



 Pricing and Capacity

The prices below include the following accommodations and services. 

  • General rentals include four hours of event time with an hour and thirty minutes to decorate beforehand and one hour afterwards for cleanup. Additional hours available for a fee.
  • Wedding packages include extra time and other accommodations.
  • Consultations with our professional event operations staff.
  • Usage of the museum’s tables and chairs. Linens can be rented through your caterer or a linen vendor.
  • General admission is included for all rentals that take place during museum hours. For rentals that take place after museum business hours, access to the museum and its exhibits is included with the rental of the entire museum or DeRoy Hall. Entire museum access may be added to the rental of the Gothic Room for an additional $150.
  • Although we do not have a liquor license, you may serve adult beverages at your event. Nonprofits may apply for a special one day liquor license through the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Corporate and private events may serve adult beverages as long as there is no cost for the food, beverage, or to attend the event. Your caterer must be hired to serve adult beverages at your event.
  • Event liability insurance is included with all facility rentals.
  • All rentals are subject to a refundable $1,000 security deposit, payable by check which may be returned uncashed if not needed.
  • All rentals are subject to a non-refundable $300 cleaning fee, which defrays the cost of additional sanitizing before and after events and post-event cleaning.
  • Nonprofit organizations receive a 10% discount off the rental of the entire museum.
Entire museum

*Includes the Gothic Room, DeRoy Hall + Waterfront Patio (when available) and main exhibition gallery.

Capacity: 250 strolling or 125 seated

Price for May - October events (with Grand Lawn and Waterfront Patio): $5,000

Price for May - October events (with Waterfront Patio): $3,500

Price for November - April events: $2,500

DeRoy Hall

Capacity: 150 strolling or 75-175 seated

Price for daytime weekday events (before 4 p.m.): $1,500

Price for evening events: $2,000

Waterfront Patio (outside of DeRoy Hall)  *available May - October only

Capacity: 75-150 strolling or 64-175 seated

Price for Patio only: $1,000 

Price for DeRoy Hall + Waterfront Patio: $2,500 

The Gothic Room

Capacity: 32 seated or 60 theater-style

Price: $850

Grand Lawn   *available May - October only

Capacity: Up to 180 seated guests or 300 strolling guests 

Price: $3,500

*Tent permitted at additional cost.


Note: capacity is subject to change with other spatial needs, such as buffet, dancing, gift table, etc.



The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is located on Belle Isle State Park. Belle Isle is very busy on summer afternoons and vehicle access may be restricted by the Michigan State Police or Department of Natural Resources. Guests and Vendors will be provided with passes in advance, which will allow access in this case.

Every vehicle entering Belle Isle State Park must have the Recreation Passport.  If any guests attending an event at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum do not have a Passport, they can be purchased on the island or at a customer service center. The Detroit Customer Service Center is located at 1801 Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48207 (can be reached by phone at 313.396.6890). More information on the Recreation Passport can be found at

Pricing for the Recreation Passport is as follows:

  • Michigan registered vehicles - $11 annual pass
  • Out of state vehicles - $9 day pass or $31 for an annual pass
  • Commercial vehicle pass - $16 annual pass
Additional Options
  • Coat Check: $30 per hour, per attendant (4 hour minimum)
  • Gift Shop Attendant: $30 per hour, per attendant (4 hour minimum) 
  • Additional Rental Time: $150 per additional hour (you may add up to 2 additional hours)
  • Security: $60 per hour, per person
  • A.V. Attendant: $30 per hour, per attendant
  • Basic A.V. (microphone, podium and speakers): $150 flat fee, up to 4 hours of use
  • Advanced A.V. (mic, podium, speakers, projector, screen and laptop): $200 flat fee, up to 4 hours of use
Please note that all prices are subject to change and may vary with your unique needs.