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Lyn Cammack
· September 28, 2017
Great museum and the boat tour was absolutely top notch. The first mate and guide were knowledgeable and answered questions for everyone. The captain kept it smooth sailing. We were lucky and got to g...o beyond Thunder Bay and see the New Orleans and the Monohansett as well as the Thunder Island light house. The museum was equally nice. And free. I could have spent over 2 hours there but then I like to take my time. I was really glad I went through the museum before the boat tour. Great experience. See More
Stacy Tchorzynski
· February 23, 2018
I wish I could live in this building. I love it here. Incredibly warm and talented staff. Can't wait to go back.
Dan Chepeska
· January 27, 2018
A hidden gem. If you’re on the northeast section of Michigan stop in and visit the sanctuary.
Michele Borna-Stier
· July 29, 2017
Today was my husband's and my first visit to the Center, both of us are huge boatnerds, and we were not disappointed by your awesome displays. My favorite part was getting to walk aboard the mock-up s...chooner; his was the artifact room. Can't wait to come back and go for the shipwreck tour. Thank you for all you do. See More
Shana Poll
· July 29, 2017
This is a wonderful place to go and visit. Whether you take the glass bottom boat to the shipwrecks, walk through the sanctuary island or rent/bring your own kayak to explore the waterways, you will e...njoy your trip. See More
Harry Guthrie
· March 9, 2018
Our family loves the Sanctuary! We are so lucky to have it in our community.
Thaddeus Christian Lindsay
· March 9, 2018
An important institution to the Great Lakes and Michigan's maritime culture in general.
Jill Norbury Jaranson
· September 24, 2017
A must experience for the entire family! I learned about the history of the Great Lakes and the stories of ships and people.
David J. Ruck
· August 28, 2017
Great place. Greater people. Fantastic staff and wonderful opportunities to explore history, maritime archaeology and shipwrecks from all eras of transportation on the lakes.
Jackie Spragg Badder
· August 5, 2017
First time visiting. It's very nice and I would recommend visiting it if your in Alpena. Liked the artifact room and the short movie about the shipwrecks in the theater.
Jenn Morris
· July 22, 2017
We had an amazing time, well worth the trip. Becky, Amanda, Brandon and Captain Spencer were all amazing and very informative on a lot of the ship wrecks and the area. We are gonna plan another visit ...for next summer See More
Jo Ann Beier
· August 22, 2015
The museum provides a great opportunity to learn about maritime history on the Great
Lakes. Admission to the museum is free and the exhibits are kid friendly. The glass bottom boat tour is an exce...llent way for non-divers to view the preserved shipwrecks. The gift shop offers a variety of collectible and/or educational souvenirs for all ages. An awesome way to
spend time with family and friends.
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Marcella Allen Holmes
· July 15, 2017
Great and informative experience. Great staff! Very friendly and happy to answer all questions and share information. Well worth the admission price.
Don Woodham
· December 1, 2016
Absolutely had a blast with my kids here! Free of charge and full of awesome things to do see and experience! We recommend anyone in Alpena who hasnt visited or those from out of town to definitely st...op in and enjoy lots of history and fun! Thank you we will come back often :) See More
Alisha Bohnert Schimm
· July 16, 2014
The boat tour on the Lady Michigan is worth every penny, and the museum is top notch. Our family was very impressed; the tour guides and the captain were all very knowledgeable. Please don't hesita...te to visit this wonderful place. Afterwards we walked around downtown and had a nice meal. It was a lovely day in Alpena! See More
Tina Dominic
· August 22, 2017
Beautiful exhibits and great place for people of all ages!
David Nye
· June 21, 2017
Wonderful experience with knowledgeable and very friendly staff. Incredible view of freighter that sunk in 1907, among other things
Chelsea Scott
· July 15, 2017
Stephanie and her team were amazing--super accommodating, and taught us so much about the shipwrecks in the area. We will be back!!
Jennifer Easlick Potter
· June 30, 2017
This was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this for anyone who is going to be in the Alpena area.
Susan Miller
· March 26, 2017
This was a very interesting and fun experience. We senior citizens, our children and our grand children all had fun. We will be returning in the Spring when the boat tour is running.
Get Into Your Sanctuary!
The waters of NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offer some of the best recreational opportunities in the world... plus, you get to experience the rich history of the Great Lakes. Make plans to visit today!

This Earth Day, check out the documentary "Crossing Lake Huron" at the State Theater in Traverse City! This award-winning film documents an amazing expedition by Stand Up for Great Lakes to raise awareness about NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and our beautiful Great Lakes. #puremichigan #sanctuarypaddle #thankyoupaddlers

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Take a dive at the site of the earliest known shipwreck (1849) in sanctuary waters, the NEW ORLEANS. Learn more about its #history here:

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Click and drag (or move your phone, if you're on mobile) to explore this 360-degree photo of NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! This is the wreck of th...e sidewheel steamer New Orleans. Resting in just 15 feet of water, this shipwreck makes a fantastic snorkeling and dive site.

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