The Dossin Great Lakes Museum, located along the Detroit River, explores the rich maritime culture in the region with artifacts and exhibits showcasing the history and ships of the Great Lakes. It is home to one of the world's largest collections of model ships as well as the bow anchor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, which succumbed to a storm in 1975.
Some of the permanent exhibits at the Dossin include The Miss Pepsi, the first hydroplane racing boat to race at a speed of over 100 miles per hour, the SS William Clay Ford Pilot House, where visitors can "be the captain" of one of the city's most noted freighters, and the restored smoking lounge of the a lake steamer, the SS City of Detroit III.
In July of 2019, the Museum broke ground on a $4.9 million outdoor enhancement project, according to the Detroit Historical Society. The project will use the museum’s entire campus for historical interpretation and recreation of maritime events of the past.
Some of the updates to existing exhibits include the anchor from the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald which will be highlighted in a Lost Mariners Memorial. Along with this feature, a garden, custom lighting, and seating areas will be added for guests as well as an observation telescope, an event patio located along the riverfront, and an upgraded central lawn area which will accommodate public and private events.
Other amenities to the exterior will include new pedestrian lighting, bike racks, a bicycle service station, and a station for pets complete with water.
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