The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum costs $8.50, and and includes exhibits,
a History Channel video about the Edmund Fitzgerald, snack bar and restored
living quarters. At least 7 buildings are open. One of them is available
for overnight lodging ($150).
|The Whitefish Point Lighthouse Station is located at the tip of the
Whitefish Point. I visited this location many times in the 1960s, but less
often in recent years. This was the first time, since the opening of the
museum and restoration of the buildings, that I visited the light during
the 6 months of the year that the museum is open.
If was odd seeing the crowded parking lot and many visitors. In the
1960s the only people present would be a few rock hounds (searching for
agates), and bird watchers looking for hawks and owls during the spring
migration. Today there is a small bird banding station, sharing the same
The museum building is fairly small but has attractive exhibits including
the large second order Fresnel lens from White Shoal Light and the bell
which was raised from the Edmund Fitzgerald and featured in the History
There is a large gift shop in one of the more attractive buildings Unable
to resist a bargain, I picked up a Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum sweatshirt
which was marked down to $21.
White Shoal lens has 344 separate lead crystal prisms
Edmund Fitzgerald bell