Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station
(Must purchase in advance online or toll-free at 1-800-987-9852)
18335 N Whitefish Point Rd Paradise, MI 49768
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Surrounded by the Lake Superior shoreline and located approximately one hour from Mackinac Island, the Shipwreck Coast Museum is the only attraction of its kind dedicated to the perils and heroism of maritime transport on the Great Lakes.
You can tour the museum gallery filled with artifacts and exhibits about sailors, ships, history, and human drama of our maritime heritage. Visit the Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters and the Coast Guard Lifesaving Crews Quarters — all completely restored to their turn-of-the-century appearance and filled with latex-molded mannequins full of life! Stop at the Shipwreck Theater and watch a 20-minute video presentation. Finally, you can take a guided tour of the 1923 Surfboat House and Exhibits or a tour up inside the Whitefish Point Light Tower! Also, don't forget to stop by the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store to purchase clothing, DVDs, artwork, games, and other souvenirs!
If you know about maritime mysteries, then you definitely know about the Edmund Fitzgerald. The legend of this ship remains the most mysterious and controversial of all the tales told around the Great Lakes. The ship, along with her crew of 29 men, was lost on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. The ship's bell is now on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Learn about this mysterious surrounding this story and how the bell was uncovered.
At the museum's Whitefish Point Light Station, you will get to learn about the tragedies of transport on the Great Lakes, which is registered as a Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also see the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior, the Whitefish Point Light Tower, which has been in continuous operation for over 150 years.
This journey through history will leave you knowledgeable in all things maritime. This is perfect for any vacation!
Frequently Asked Questions for Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station:
- What is included in the admission price for Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station?
Self-guided tour of the museum, 20-minute video presentation, guided tour of the 1861 Lightkeeper's Quarters, and a guided tour of the 1923 Surfboat House.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station?
Most guests spend 3 hours at the museum.
- What amenities (such as ATM, gift shop, etc) are available?
There is a Museum Store filled with lots of souvenirs.
- Is Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station handicap accessible?
The museum is handicap accessible.
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Cameras are permitted.
- For what ages is Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station appropriate?
Attraction is appropriate for all ages.
- Is parking available at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station? Is it free?
Yes, free parking is available at the location.