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

Fall 2016 Chadburn and Holiday Catalog

Its that time again! We have our Fall 2016 Chadburn and Holiday Catalog. Four times a year we mail our newsletter to our members, but you can check out the digital version here:

Fall 2016 Chadburn and Holiday Catalog

New Rates for 2017

And the Winners Are . . .

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Luck of the Lakes Raffle!

1st Prize: $10,000 to Gary Murphy of Perrysburg, Ohio

2nd Prize: Interlake Steamship Freighter Trip to Fred Stueber of Cleveland, Ohio

3rd Prize: Saltie Freighter Trip to Jim Karpinski of Vermilion, Ohio

4th Prize: NMGL Lifetime Membership to Scott Stewart of Perrysburg, Ohio

5th Prize: 25 Tickets for the 2017 Luck of the Lakes Raffle to Jeff Bauriedel of Lake Mills, Wisconsin

We appreciate the support of all of our participants and we hope you will join us again next year for the 2017 Luck of the Lakes Raffle.

Click here to learn more about the Luck of the Lakes Raffle.

H2Oh! Auction

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is excited to announce a new program with our annual fundraiser, H2Oh! Making Waves.  This year, we want everyone to have a chance to be involved, even if you cannot attend the event.  We have six exciting items in our live auction that you may be interested in bidding on.  This year, you can call and register a bid for any of these items and we will have someone bid for you during the live auction on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  They will bid during the live auction in increments with other live bidders, if it sells for less than your maximum bid, you will pay the lower price.  The items available are:
1) Chadburn from the whalback Meteor
2) Set of Ship’s Position Lights
3) Golf at the Inverness Club
4) Wheel from the tug Roger
5) Chelsea Ship’s Clock
6) Commissioned painting by Paul LaMarre, Jr.

You can learn more about each of these items here.

To register a bid, call 419-214-5000 x 200 by Friday, October 14, at 5:00 pm.  Register your maximum bid and a form of payment and we will notify you on Monday, October 17 if you have won.

Don’t forget to get your Luck of the Lakes Raffle tickets as well.

NMGL New Virtual Tour

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is excited to announce our new virtual tour of the museum and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship.  This tour was created with a generous private donation and help from Google and Reach Media.  The tour can be found on our website at:  http://www.inlandseas.org/museum-interactive-tour/ – or by searching on Google!

We hope that you will take a “walk” around the museum and Schoonmaker to see what we have to show you!

Documentary in Film Festival

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is  so excited to announce that the documentary that we produced in conjunction with Allied Media, A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned: The Fitzgerald and her Legacy, has been selected for screening and competition at the 7th Annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.  This festival takes place October 5-9, 2016 in various venues around Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

This is an extraordinary honor for us and we hope that you will consider coming out to Chagrin Falls on Wednesday, October 5 at 4 pm to see the film and support NMGL.

A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned explores the less documented and overlooked history of the Fitzgerald and her crew before their tragic loss through unpublished manuscript material and photographs while at the same time reflecting on the impact of their loss on family, friends, and colleagues in the maritime community.  The film takes a refreshing break from debating the possible cause of her loss in order to direct more time to those important historical questions not yet asked.

You can purchase the film on DVD by calling our store at 419-214-5000 x 200.

For more information on the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and tickets to our screening on October 5 – please visit the Film Festival webpage here: http://www.chagrinfilmfest.org/

Sloop Washington Discovered

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to work with extraordinary shipwreck searchers in Lake Ontario as they announce the discovery of the 1803 shipwrecked sloop Washington.

The Washington was built near what is now Erie, PA in 1797.  A sloop is a small, single masted vessel that was used mostly in coastal trading.  The Washington was used on Lake Erie for several years, and then was sold to Canadian merchants in 1800.  They wanted the vessel for use on Lake Ontario – so the Washington was pulled out of the water and dragged across the portage road around Niagara Falls.

On November 6, 1803, the Washington set sail from Kingston with five men on board and various cargos.  She was never seen again.

In June, 2016 a group of searchers, led by Jim Kennard, discovered the remains of the Washington which is believed to be the oldest discovered commercial shipwreck in the Great Lakes.  Their search was funded by a grant from the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

For more information, please visit www.shipwreckworld.com

Copyright Jim Kennard

Starboard side of the Sloop Washington Copyright Jim Kennard

Sloop Washington -looking bow to stern.  Copyright Jim Kennard

Sloop Washington -looking bow to stern. Copyright Jim Kennard

Copyright Jim Kennard

Side scan sonar of the sloop Washington. Copyright Jim Kennard

We’re Open this Labor Day

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be open on Monday, September 5, 2016 from 10 am – 5 pm.  Current and retired members of unions will be admitted free of charge.  This discount applies to the individual only.  (Click here to find admission prices.)

Take this day to be with your family, and come down to see what we have to offer.  Tour the museum and don’t miss the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship!