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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

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Address
500 W. Fletcher St.
Alpena, MI 49707
Phone
(989) 356-8805
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Description
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves a national treasure, nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water preserves many of these shipwrecks intact and in water depths ranging from a few inches to 200 feet, making the sanctuary a popular destination for divers, snorkelers and kayakers. You can explore the history and archaeology of these wrecks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the Sanctuary’s 20,000 square foot river front headquarters. Exhibits on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks include the new “Exploring the Shipwreck Century” exhibit, a 9,000 square ft. permanent exhibit where visitors can experience elements of a traditional maritime museum combined with a hands-on discovery center featuring life-sized recreations of an historic Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck sites, artifact displays, and interactive learning stations on technology and diving. Also featuring a sanctuary store, state of the art education spaces, high-definition theater, and archaeological conservation lab, the admission-free Center is a great destination and the best place to begin exploring Thunder Bay. Please call for current hours of operation. Wreck locations are available on our web site. While visiting Alpena, you may also want to explore the Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection, one of the largest archival collections of Great Lakes maritime history in existence, located at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library. Please call for hours.
Events
Jul
19 Fri

Alpena Youth Sailing Club

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Half day classes are held each week in Optimist, Pico, and JY15 sailboats. Fun and safe, these boats are ideal for kids learning to sail. Ages- 8 and up.

Alpena Youth Sailing Club

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Half day classes are held each week in Optimist, Pico, and JY15 sailboats. Fun and safe, these boats are ideal for kids learning to sail. Ages- 8 and up.
Jul
20 Sat

Underwater Robotics 101 Drop In

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Construct an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle using a kit. Pilot your ROV in our test tank to complete underwater missions.
Jul
23 Tue

The Perfect Porridge: Earth the Goldilocks Planet

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come learn why Earth is the Goldilocks planet of our solar system and then create your own Goldilocks planet and see it projected onto our Science on the Sphere!
Jul
24 Wed

Underwater Robotics 101 Drop In

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Construct an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle using a kit. Pilot your ROV in our test tank to complete underwater missions.

Nautilus Live!

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Teleconnect with professionals aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus while they explore the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
Jul
25 Thu

The Perfect Porridge: Earth the Goldilocks Planet

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come learn why Earth is the Goldilocks planet of our solar system and then create your own Goldilocks planet and see it projected onto our Science on the Sphere!

Sanctuary Lecture Series: Captain Kidd and the Golden Age of Piracy

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Indiana University's Professor Charles Beeker will discuss Captain Kidd’s 1699 shipwreck, the Quedagh Merchant, and the efforts to preserve its rich history.
Jul
27 Sat

Underwater Robotics 101 Drop In

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Construct an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle using a kit. Pilot your ROV in our test tank to complete underwater missions.
Jul
29 Mon

Shipwreck Discovery! with Alpena Boys and Girls Club

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weeklong “shipwreck discovery” program using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to identify a recently discovered shipwreck.
Jul
30 Tue

The Perfect Porridge: Earth the Goldilocks Planet

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come learn why Earth is the Goldilocks planet of our solar system and then create your own Goldilocks planet and see it projected onto our Science on the Sphere!

Shipwreck Discovery! with Alpena Boys and Girls Club

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weeklong “shipwreck discovery” program using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to identify a recently discovered shipwreck.
Jul
31 Wed

Shipwreck Discovery! with Alpena Boys and Girls Club

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weeklong “shipwreck discovery” program using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to identify a recently discovered shipwreck.

Nautilus Live!

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Teleconnect with professionals aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus while they explore the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
Aug
1 Thu

The Perfect Porridge: Earth the Goldilocks Planet

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come learn why Earth is the Goldilocks planet of our solar system and then create your own Goldilocks planet and see it projected onto our Science on the Sphere!

Shipwreck Discovery! with Alpena Boys and Girls Club

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weeklong “shipwreck discovery” program using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to identify a recently discovered shipwreck.
Aug
2 Fri

Shipwreck Discovery! with Alpena Boys and Girls Club

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weeklong “shipwreck discovery” program using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to identify a recently discovered shipwreck.

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