Marquette Maritime Museum, Marquette

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The Marquette Maritime Museum is a museum and lighthouse located in Marquette in the U.S. state of Michigan. Since 2002, the museum has been associated with the Marquette Harbor Light, a lighthouse that serves traffic in Marquette Harbor and adjacent waters of Lake Superior. The facility offers tours of the lighthouse, which remains an active aid to navigation overseen by the United States Coast Guard, and the museum specializes in the maritime history of Marquette, Lake Superior, and the iron ore trade. Lake Superior is one of the five Great Lakes.
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  • We like our history. Great information. Nice displays. Spent about 2 hours. Lighthouse tours start at the museum. There is parking in the back in case the front lot is closed.  more »
  • We figured that we would enjoy the museum, as we love history, but we were surprised at just how much we enjoyed it. The history is fascinating, from the WWII exhibits to the history of Lake...  more »
  • I didn't take the lighthouse tour that was offered, but for a small museum, they pack in a lot of history. This leans heavily to the Lake Superior history of shipping, with good reason, so if you're a fan of ore freighters or the Edmund Fitzgerald, you'll be in for a treat. There are a good number of artifacts and tools on display as well as numerous simple factoid signs for younger visitors. It's just $7 for an adult to tour the museum and, I believe, another $5 if you'd like the lighthouse tour. There's a small gift shop with a decent selection of items; many items feature the museum or maritime history instead of the common "Visit the UP!" items you see everywhere). It makes for a more personalized souvenir if you're into those. If you have an interest and the time, it's worth a little tour. Plus, if it's not a stormy day, you can walk out onto the long pier by walking between the museum and the Coast Guard station and following the Coast Guard fence (outside of the fence!) down a small path.
  • Good museum. It was interesting, and there were aspects for kids which was nice. The price was also very reasonable. That said, there are better great lakes maritime museums

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