If you are interested in maritime history, then the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is a great place to visit! It is located in Paradise, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula - surrounded by Lake Superior shoreline. Within the complex, there is the museum, the Lightower at Whitefish Point which is still in operation, gift shops with great nautical treasures and a sandy beach to feel the breeze of the Lake.
In the museum, there are exhibits and artifacts from the Lake Superior shipwrecks, including the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald. I had always been intrigued by the tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck (November 10, 1975) and wanted to see the memorial bell. Prior to visiting the museum, they have a "movie house" where they show a documentary about the Edmund Fitzgerald and has family members recounting stories about their lost love ones. One of the most touching and emotional parts about the documentary is when the expedition group (Nat'l Geographic Society, Canadian Navy and Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) bring the 200 pound bronze bell up from the shipwreck site at the family's request in 1995. They then sent a new one down into the water inscribed with each of the lost crew member's names. The documentary is a great prelude to seeing the actual bell. When I saw it, it was a very emotional and powerful experience. Say a prayer for all who work on the sea.
To visit and for more information:
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
18335 N. Whitefish Point