“Our exhibit philosophy is simple; educate and entertain.”
As the Great Lakes Historical Society plans to open its new National Museum of the Great Lakes at 1701 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio, this page will serve as a portal to our exhibit process from conceptual design to final fabrication and installation. We will be updating this page between now and the Grand Opening in the Spring of 2014.
The new museum is moving forward with help from you, our members and donors, as well as the City of Toledo, the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and many other organizations located around the Great Lakes. While we are focused on the new museum at the Toledo Maritime Center, we are planning a complete experience; the site at Front Street will also include the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker, and a park with maritime artifacts and beautiful landscaping.
Our exhibit philosophy is simple; educate and entertain. Our displays will educate the visitor about the importance of the Great Lakes to our national story. The experience will be designed to educate a diverse audience both in age and knowledge of the topic. We will accomplish this goal of education in visually, auditory and tactile compelling ways so that the experience is engrossing and entertaining.
Where We Are Now
Progress has moved swiftly on the National Museum of the Great Lakes project since the last update. Construction and development of the park has been completed with the exception of the installment of a few maritime artifacts that will accentuate the 3.5 acre waterfront park. Among anchors and capstones, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will feature a 23-ton, single-cast propeller from the John Sherwin that was made in Toledo in 1959. This bronze beauty will be mounted in front of the museum and serve as testament to the majesty of the Great Lakes and Toledo’s involvement in its history.
Construction on the interior of the museum is moving quickly too. We are on target for exhibition installment to begin in mid-October, 2013.
And lastly, the James M. Schoonmaker museum ship is ready to go. The volunteer crew that keeps her cleaned and maintained have been doing a great job making sure she’s been ready and available for a few special events this past summer. Check back shortly for a list of special events to come this fall and winter.
The experience of creating the Conceptual Design Process took our team of engineers, staff members and volunteers through our general philosophy to how we wanted the museum visit to flow. The image below will begin to give an idea of the general approach to our exhibits in terms of physical placement in the building as well as the placement of major artifacts.
The entire experience will be grounded in an initial introductory experience that explains the importance of Great Lakes history and sets up the four major themed areas in the museum: Exploration and Settlement, Expansion and Industry, Safeguard and Support, and Shipwrecks and Safety.
In February of 2012 we hope to update this page with specifics concerning each themed exhibit as we work our way through the design development stage.
Museum will be located at:1701 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605
As Executive Director of the Great Lakes Historical Society, welcome to our new website. This website will play an integral role in our on-going effort to create a national museum for our Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. Read MoreCopyright 2013 Great Lakes Historical Society :: 480 Main St, Vermilion, OH 44089 :: (440) 967-3467 :: Site by Kaptur Design.