NMGL Holiday Closings

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be closed for the following holidays this year: Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).  We will be open on Tuesday, January 2 to accommodate your remaining holiday visitors.

Between Monday, January 8 and Friday, January 12 we will be closed for a week of deep cleaning and maintenance.  We will then be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays through March.

NMGL is the Second Best Attraction in Ohio!

Thanks to All of Our Members Who Voted! We Are the Number 2 Ohio Attraction of the USA TODAY 10BEST Readers’ Choice 2017

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is proud to announce its 2nd place finish in the USA TODAY 10BEST Ohio Attractions reader’s choice contest. In July, independent travel writers nominated twenty attractions in the state of Ohio to participate in the online voting contest. For twenty-nine days, readers of USA TODAY voted for their choice of Ohio’s top attractions. The final 10BEST are:

  1. Toledo Museum of Art
  2. National Museum of the Great Lakes
  3. Cedar Point
  4. Amish Country
  5. Hocking Hills State Park
  6. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
  7. Put-in-Bay
  8. Franklin Park Conservatory
  9. Cleveland Museum of Art
  10. Cincinnati Museum Center

The National Museum of the Great Lakes, which finished 2nd in the final voting, is proud to be among attractions considered to be the very best, not only in Ohio, but in the United States. Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the museum stated, “As a relatively new and considerably smaller institution than most of our fellow nominees, we are extremely pleased with our 2nd place finish. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and board of directors. I am grateful to all of those people who took the time to vote and chose the National Museum of the Great Lakes as their favorite Ohio attraction.”

Gillcrist was quick to point out that readers voted two Toledo attractions as the top two attractions in the state of Ohio: The Toledo Museum of Art and the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “It is our hope that more people are beginning to recognize Toledo as a cultural destination city. I think this contest confirms what a lot of people in northwest Ohio already knew.”

We’re Open for Labor Day!

The National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is typically closed on Mondays, will be open to the public on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017, from 10am-5pm. In recognition of labor organizations, we are admitting current and retired union members, with proper union identification, into the museum for FREE. This discount applies to the individual only.

NMGL Nominated as Best in Ohio!

The National Museum of the Great Lakes has been nominated as one of the best attractions in Ohio by www.10best.com – a USA Today website.  We are more than honored to be included in this amazing list of cultural places around our great state.  You can help support us by voting for us everyday until the end of August.  Each vote tells other visitors that you appreciate NMGL and our mission.  So, GO VOTE NOW!

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-ohio-attraction/national-museum-of-the-great-lakes-toledo/

We’re Open on Memorial Day!

The National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is typically closed on Mondays, will be open to the public on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, from 10am-5pm. To honor those that have served our country, we are admitting all active military and veterans with valid military ID into the museum for FREE. This discount applies to the individual only.

Spring Glass Negatives Exhibit Opening & Wine Reception at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky

Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7-9pm at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs Street, Sandusky, OH 44870.

Wine Reception Tickets:

$10 for Museum Members

$15 for Non-Members and Guests.

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky is extending member pricing to the members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes for this program.

The Glass Negatives Exhibit will be on display at the Maritime Museum of Sandusky on April 21, 22, & 23 and April 28, 29, & 30th during normal museum hours with regular admission.

Please contact the Maritime Museum of Sandusky for additional information (via email at sanduskymaritime@bex.net or phone #419-624-0274). Click here for more information.

NMGL Donates Library to BGSU

National Museum of the Great Lakes makes significant donation to BGSU University Libraries: Research destination for Great Lakes history created

(Toledo, OH)  April 6, 2017 – The University Libraries at Bowling Green State University has greatly expanded its collection of Great Lakes research materials thanks to a significant donation from the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society.

More than 160 cubic feet of photos, pamphlets, slides, bound materials, postcards and archival materials have found a new home in the Libraries’ Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), housed within the Center for Archival Collection.

“We are grateful to the National Museum of the Great Lakes for entrusting us with their extensive collection, and we are excited that the consolidation of their materials with our existing Great Lakes archives has now created the largest collection of its kind on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes,” said Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of Bowling Green State University. “Thank you to the Museum, its board of directors, the Great Lakes Historical Society and the University Libraries staff who helped to facilitate this exciting and symbiotic new alliance in the name of historic preservation.”

These additional materials bolster the already robust offering of Great Lakes-related research and artifacts curated by the University Libraries at BGSU.

“The Great Lakes materials recently donated to HCGL is a wonderful addition to our holdings and provides many opportunities for collaboration between BGSU, the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Historical Society,” said University Libraries Dean Sara A. Bushong.

The addition of these materials to BGSU also will make University Libraries a major research destination in the U.S. for Great Lakes history.

“The added scope and depth of the HCGL collection expands research opportunities for BGSU students and faculty, National Museum of the Great Lakes staff and patrons, as well as researchers from beyond campus,” said retired HCGL archivist Bob Graham, who played an instrumental role in bringing the collection to BGSU. “Both organizations view this donation as the first step in an evolving partnership involving students, faculty and museum staff.”

Potential areas of collaboration include internships, lectures series, exhibits, new courses and digital galleries.

“The merging of these incredible archival collections is just the beginning of a long, synergistic journey between our two organizations that will both preserve Great Lakes history, but more importantly, elevate the perception of Great Lakes history in our national culture,” said Christopher Gillcrist, National Museum of the Great Lakes Executive Director. “This collaboration will help ensure the understanding of the role Great Lake history has played in our national story.”

Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society was one of the earliest organizations to focus on the history of the Great Lakes region. For the past seven decades, the society has created one of the premier collections of historical materials documenting the Great Lakes, which was previously housed in the Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library at the former Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio.

“The archival collection that we donated to BGSU represents over 70 years of library-based materials donated to and acquired by our organization,” said Anna Kolin, development director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “By merging it with a large university, it increases its access to those looking to do research on Great Lakes topics, which is why, in part, BGSU was chosen.”

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The National Museum of the Great Lakes is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has been preserving our shared cultural history by publishing a quarterly journal Inland Seas since 1945; by operating a maritime museum and research library since 1952; by offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; and by conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001.

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, the Wm. T. Jerome Library thrives as a central part of the academic life at Bowling Green State University.  The Library fosters excitement in the process of discovery and advances teaching, learning and research through quality resources and services including more than 7 million items in multiple formats. Its special collections include the Browne Popular Culture Library, the Center for Archival Collections, the Curriculum Resource Center, and the Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives.

We’re Open for Presidents’ Day!

We will be open this year for Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, 2017 from 10am to 5pm! We are usually closed on Mondays, but we wanted to open up for the holiday. We hope to see you here!

Find information and admission rates here.

Holiday Hours

Come and Visit this Holiday Season!
We have some changes to our hours over the holiday season:
Christmas Eve: 10am to 3pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Monday, December 26: 10am to 5pm
New Year’s Eve: 10am to 3pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

We are usually closed on Mondays, but this Monday, December 26 we will be open from 10am to 5pm. Looking for something to do with the family the day after Christmas? Bring them to see us!

Starting January 2, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be closed Monday AND Tuesday.  This will continue through the end of March.

2016 Christmas Card