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October 1, 2014 by jillclever

National Museum of the Great Lakes

If you are visiting Northwest Ohio any time in the future, be sure to visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes. The museum, located at 1701 Front St, Toledo, Ohio, had its grand opening in the spring of 2014. The museum is the result of the efforts of the Great Lakes Historical Society and its members. In addition to the new museum at the Toledo Maritime Center, the complex provides visitors with a complete experience; the site at Front Street also includes the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker (open May-October), and a park with maritime artifacts and beautiful landscaping.  There was a ceremony July 1, 2011, on the Maumee River to rechristen the Willis B. Boyer museum ship to the Col. James M. Schoonmaker which was timed to occur precisely one century after the Schoonmaker’s original christening in Toledo. Exhibits include the exploration and settlement of the region, the shipping industry, shipwrecks and much more. For more information go to http://www.inlandseas.org/

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