This main gallery at this Paradise, Michigan, favorite is filled with ship artifacts and historic photography depicting 13 vessels lost on lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan.
Nestled on Whitefish Point, along the northwestern shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum houses a treasure trove of history. The museum’s main gallery is filled with ship artifacts and historic photography depicting 13 vessels lost on lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan. The most famous of these is the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The bell of the ill-fated ship, which sank on Lake Superior with a crew of 29 aboard on November 10, 1975, has been on display here since its recovery in 1995. The self-guided museum tour lasts about 45 minutes, but there is more to see outside. Whitefish Point Lighthouse still serves as an active beacon. Travelers can take a tour of the keeper’s quarters and learn about Captain Robert Carlson, who once lived in the light station. 18335 N. Whitefish Point Rd., Paradise, Michigan 49768, 888/492-3747, shipwreckmuseum.com