The Museum 2021 Season is May 1st - October 31st
Please be advised that masks will be required for anyone visiting the museum, and this policy will remain in effect until State of Michigan COVID protocols change. The Historic Weather Bureau Building in Sault Ste. Marie, and the 1923 Crew’s Quarters at Whitefish Point will remain closed in 2021. Stay updated on events and news announcements – Sign up for our Enewsletter.
WHITEFISH POINT IS A NO DRONE ZONE
For the safety and security of our patrons and property, Whitefish Point is a No Drone Zone. This includes US Fish & Wildlife Service Property/Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Whitefish Point Unit), Whitefish Point Bird Observatory/Michigan Audobon Society property is also protected as a No Drone Zone. Take all the pictures and videos you want, but be sure to leave your drone at home or in your vehicle! Thank you for respecting our No Drone Zone policy.
Unique gifts for your special someone ...
Our online gift shop has unique gifts and ‘not found anywhere else’ items that we’re sure you or that special someone in your life would treasure.
We’ve added lots of new items to each category in our web store, with several that are one of a kind to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Check out the original Stormy Kromer cap with Shipwreck Museum logo or the Edmund Fitzgerald Lego kit. Choose from our great selection of Holiday items, Souvenirs or send a gift certificate for that special person on your gift list!
2021 Employment Opportunities at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
The Shipwreck Society is hiring full-time and part-time seasonal positions for 2021, with most positions starting in late April/early May, and ending on October 31. We are looking for motivated individuals for the following positions:
- RETAIL SALES CLERK
- HISTORICAL INTERPRETER
- MARINE OPERATIONS
Annual Appeal, 2020
The Shipwreck Society is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Appeal has begun! The Annual Appeal is intended to focus on Operational Funding; but, we offer you the opportunity to designate your donation for a present specific project as well. Fortunately, the summer of 2020 clearly demonstrated the important role the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum plays in the cultural health of Michigan’s citizens, which also found us adjusting our projects needs. Click here to make a donation, visit the read more link to see what we’ll be up to in 2021.
Operational Support Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Awarded
We are very pleased to announce that the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has received an Operational Support Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), for support of its operations during the State’s 2020-2021 fiscal year, in the amount of $24,000. This funding is most welcome and quite remarkable during these difficult times.
H.O.P.E. Grant Awarded
We are pleased to announce that the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society has received two emergency funding grants to aid the Society through the summer of 2020, when the pandemic has seriously affected non-profit organizations in the United States. We thank the MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL for a Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency (H.O.P.E.) grant of $5,000, specifically to support staffing needs at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, with an emphasis on the Motor Lifeboat House.
SHIPWRECK SOCIETY DISCOVERS 103-YEAR-OLD STEAMER
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS), a leader in the field of underwater exploration and shipwreck documentation on the Upper Great Lakes, recently discovered the wreckage of the composite steamer S.R. Kirby. The vessel sank near Eagle Harbor, Michigan in May 1916. The S.R. Kirby was a relatively unusual ship, in that it was constructed using an iron framework, with a wooden hull. The vessel was 294’ long, built in 1890 (Wyandotte, MI) and rests in over 800’ of water.