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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

18335 N Whitefish Point Rd, Paradise, Michigan 49768 USA

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“explore the historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior”

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is located in Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on Whitefish Point which forms the northern end of Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior. It is operated by a nonprofit organization, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, teachers, and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

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Reviewed by
Keith Sorrels

  • 13 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
February 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

This was a great place to learn more about the history of shipping and lifesaving efforts on the Great Lakes. I found the museum and how the different shipwreck items were displayed, to be interesting. The light-keeper's home was also wonderful to walk through. The part about this place that I considered the best, was the life saving station. I almost missed seeing the life saving station because the building (just NW of the light-keepers home) was pretty unremarkable looking. Inside though, were examples of the life saving equipment and a docent provided a lot of background and examples of the life saving efforts. I found the equipment and sheer dedication to the life savers, heroic and amazing. Be sure to walk out to the point for a good view and if timing allows, wrap up this part of the adventure with a whitefish lunch at Browns Fisheries Fish House in nearby Paradise, MI.

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Reviewed by
David LeTellier

  • 16 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
July 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

Well worth the drive. Beautiful beach as well as a well cared for museum and multi building renovated lighthouse facility.

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  • 12 Reviews
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August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

Beautifully restores and operated museum of Great Lakes history.We thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and the grounds were wonderful!

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

18335 N Whitefish Point Rd
Paradise, Michigan
49768 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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