Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

500 West Fletcher Street,
Alpena, MI 49707
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Open Year-Round
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The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is a visitor center for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, featuring exciting exhibits for all ages. Exploring the Shipwreck Century, is located in the center's main hall and includes a full-size replica wooden Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck where visitors can walk the decks, feel a Great Lakes storm, and touch the massive timbers of the boat resting on the lake bottom ... without getting wet! Free and open all year!

The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center features:

  • 10,000 square feet of immersive exhibits
  • 93-seat theater showing films daily
  • Archaeological conservation lab and shipwreck artifact gallery
  • Innovative education space for special programs, meetings, and events
  • Scientific research facilities, including a dive operations center
  • Community boat-building center small watercraft workshop
  • Outdoor access to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and open-air picnic grounds
  • Maritime Heritage Center Gift Shop
  • Hosting approximately 60,000 visitors yearly, the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is significantly increasing public awareness of maritime heritage resources in the Great Lakes.
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