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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
Regions: Region
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
Dec
13 Thu

Sanctuary Cinema: Project Shiphunt!

7:00 pm
Project Shiphunt documented the discovery of two Great Lakes shipwrecks on July 13, 2011 in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Dec
18 Tue

Sanctuary Lecture Series - The Wreck of the Rouse Simmons: Lake Michigan’s “Christmas Tree Ship

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wreck of the Rouse Simmons: Lake Michigan’s “Christmas Tree Ship presented by Russ Green
Dec
22 Sat

Free Family Film Matinee

10:30 am - 4:45 pm
A selection of free family films.

Underwater Robotics 101 family drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how to construct an underwater ROV (remotely Operated Vehicle) using an ROV-In-A-Box kit.
Dec
23 Sun

Underwater Robotics 101 family drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how to construct an underwater ROV (remotely Operated Vehicle) using an ROV-In-A-Box kit.

Free Family Film Matinee

1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
A selection of free family films.
Dec
26 Wed

Free Family Film Matinee

10:30 am - 4:45 pm
A selection of free family films.

Underwater Robotics 101 family drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how to construct an underwater ROV (remotely Operated Vehicle) using an ROV-In-A-Box kit.
Dec
27 Thu

Free Family Film Matinee

10:30 am - 4:45 pm
A selection of free family films.

Underwater Robotics 101 family drop-in: ROV-in-a-Box

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn how to construct an underwater ROV (remotely Operated Vehicle) using an ROV-In-A-Box kit.