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Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 W. Fletcher St., showcases maritime history related to the Great Lakes, including Lake Huron's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which protects 448 square miles with more than 100 shipwrecks. Exhibits detail the glacial period, early inhabitants in the area, fur traders and the shipping industry. “Tragedies in the Mist,” a 27-minute documentary detailing various shipwrecks over the years, is shown in a 93-seat auditorium.

A highlight of the center is a full-scale re-creation of an 1880s Great Lakes schooner, where you can walk the deck and through the cabins to see what it was like to be aboard a ship during a storm. Other exhibits feature scale models of ships and images taken from shipwreck dives. Additional films and documentaries are shown, and educational programs are held throughout the year. Tours aboard a 65-foot double-decker glass-bottom boat let participants view shipwrecks and activity on the water.

Guided tours are available.

Heritage center by donation. Glass-bottom boat ride $30; $10 (ages 0-12).
Daily 9-7, July-Aug.; daily 9-5, Memorial Day weekend-June 30; daily 10-5, day after Labor Day to mid-Oct.; Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5, rest of year. Boat tours offered daily Memorial Day weekend to mid-Oct.; phone for schedule. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour minimum.
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