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Visitor Center Programming
Times are approximate.
Self-guided tour of the Shipwreck Century exhibits (plan at least 1 hour)- Free. No limit to size of group.
Orientation by a staff member (10-15 minutes)- Free. A staff member will greet and give a brief introduction about the National Marine Sanctuary system and the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.
Staff-led tour of the Shipwreck Century exhibits (1.5 hours)- $50. Docent-led tour of the museum starts with an overview of the National Marine Sanctuary System and wraps up with a maritime archaeology demonstration and discussion. Maximum 25 per group, no minimum.
Movie in the theater (see below for options)-Free. Reserve a movie in our theater for your group! Maximum 93 people, no minimum.
Science on a Sphere staff-led program (30 min)- $30. A docent will provide a narrated experience in this "theater in the round" with over 400 available datasets. Maximum 30 people, no minimum. See below for available programming.
ROV in a Box (2 hours)- $10 per person. In teams, visitors construct their own remotely-operated vehicles (ROV) and test them in the Maritime Maker's Space. Maximum 30 people, minimum 6.
Private Cruise aboard the Lady Michigan (1.5 hours)- $1,000. Experience the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay aboard this glass bottom boat tour of Lake Huron. Departs from behind the Visitor Center. Maximum 100 passengers, no minimum.
Public Cruise aboard the Lady Michigan (2 hours)- Groups may ride aboard the Lady Michigan on the scheduled public cruises that depart daily. Groups with 20 adults or more are eligible for a discount of $5 per ticket.
Would you like to reserve the Education Room for a one-hour lunch?
Groups may reserve a one-hour lunch in the Education Room for $25 and either bring their own food or have food delivered. Groups may eat outside on picnic tables for free.
Yes, we would like to reserve the Education Room.
Documentary about the shipwrecks and rich maritime history of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Great Lakes Shipwrecks (45 min)- Film by the Science Channel that explores the forces on Thunder Bay wrecks.
November Requiem (56 min)- Emmy-award winning film that tells the story of a small northern Michigan community that faced an overwhelming maritime tragedy when the freighter Carl D. Bradley, carrying 23 of her sons, went down in a fierce Lake Michigan Storm.
Five high school students from Saginaw, Michigan team up with NOAA as they use the latest technology and archaeological methods to try and discover, identify, and record a shipwreck.
Deep Sea Detectives: Great Lakes Ghost Ship (50 min)- A pristine wreck found in the "wrong" Great Lake raises questions about a fabled 19th century sinking.
Riddle in a Bottle (30 min)- Award-winning film about water-related ecosystems for children of all ages.
Lake Invaders (56 min)- Emmy-winning documentary that tells the history of exotic species that invade Lake Huron.
Science on a Sphere (SOS) programming available:
Climate Change on the Sphere
Tour of SOS data sets
Estimated visit time
ex. 10 am- 12 pm
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