Historic U.S. Weather Bureau Building at Soo Locks Park, Sault Ste. Marie
The Historic 1899 U.S. Weather Bureau Building in Sault Ste. Marie is the administrative office home of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society. Open year-round, the building offers a public exhibit, museum store sales area, and access to the Shipwreck Society’s noted Great Lakes Images and Papers Collection. Please see hours and directions for specific information.
Museum Store at Weather Bureau Building
The Shipwreck Coast Museum Store now offers a year-round sales area, located in the historic Weather Bureau Building. Visitors will find a large selection of seasonal clothing, books, items to remember the Edmund Fitzgerald, kitchen accouterments and a variety of gifts. You may reach the sales desk by calling 800-635-1742.
Exhibit: History of the U.S. Weather Service – Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast – Whitefish Point
Through grants from Michigan Council for the Humanities and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Clean Michigan Initiative Program, an exhibit was opened to the public during the summer of 2009 on the first floor of the building. This exhibit traces the origins of the U.S. Weather Bureau from the Signal Service onward, encouraged by officials trying to reduce the number of lives lost to shipwreck on the Great Lakes. The exhibit discusses the role of Sault Ste. Marie and the St. Marys River as vessels follow it up Whitefish Bay, to face the dreaded “Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast” as they pass Whitefish Point. Artifacts, both authentic and replica, professionally designed interpretive panels, a full-size U.S. Army Corps of Engineers diver mannequin, and a Blu-Ray video presentation thrill visitors of all ages – and admission is free.