Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Headquarters for NOAA’s 4,300 square-mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary—the only freshwater national marine sanctuary in North America.

Featuring:

  • 12,000 square feet of museum exhibits on Great Lakes shipwrecks and maritime history
  • Flexible meeting and classroom space equipped to meet your audio-visual needs
  • 93-seat state-of-the-art theater
  • Science on a Sphere® theater, presenting high-resolution video on a suspended six-foot diameter globe
  • Full-size, animated replica of Great Lakes wooden schooner caught in a treacherous storm
  • Tours available
  • Lady Michigan glass-bottom boat cruises for viewing historical shipwrecks in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay
  • Green-roof deck overlooking Thunder Bay River and Alpena skyline for receptions
  • Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and 14-mile scenic Alpena Bi-Path for walking tours, running, or cycling
  • Walking distance to hotels, restaurants, art galleries, two live theatres, and a movie theater
  • Seasonal bike rentals onsite and local diving, snorkeling, and paddling outfitters for sanctuary exploration
  • Seven historical Great Lakes lighthouses and several museums nearby

Conference Room

(max seating for 12) – $100/half day, $200/full day, $50/hour (outside of business hours)

The 200 square-foot conference room offers the perfect setting for events for up to 12 people. Use this space for a small business meeting, or as a preparation area separate from a larger rental using the Education Room or Roof Deck.

Features:

  • 55″ LED TV
  • Apple TV installed
  • Video conference capabilities
  • Conference phone
  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Coffee/water service available (ask for rates)

Education Room

(max seating for 72) – $100/half day, $200/full day, $50/hour (outside of business hours)

With 1,600 square feet that can be arranged into a variety of seating styles, the Education Room can accommodate groups as large as 72 for theater-style presentations. This room is conveniently located on our main level and overlooks the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail and Thunder Bay River. Use this space for your next business meeting, reception, or birthday party! The Education Room comes with the free use of 1.5’ X 6’ tables (chairs included). Cocktail tables are available for rent.

Features:

  • Podium and microphone
  • Overhead projector
  • PC available
  • Conference phone
  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Includes use of 1.5′ x 6′ tables and chairs (cocktail tables available for rent)
  • Coffee/water service available (ask for rates)

Theater

(max seating for 93) – $100/half day, $200/full day, $50/hour (outside of business hours)

The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center’s theater features state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and can accommodate groups of up to 93 people. This is the perfect space for your next workshop, seminar, or workplace training.

Features:

  • Podium and microphone
  • HDMI and VGA inputs
  • Conference phone
  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Includes use of 1.5′ x 6′ tables and chairs (cocktail tables available for rent)
  • Popcorn service available (ask for rates)
  • Coffee/water service available (ask for rates)

Exhibit Space

$200 per hour (booking manager discretion for non-profit groups)

The Exhibit Space provides a sprawling indoor venue for your next wedding reception or rehearsal dinner of up to 150 people. The 10,000 square-foot space includes a full-size replica of a Great Lakes schooner and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. The space comes with the free use of 1.5’ X 6’ tables (chairs included). Cocktail tables are available for rent.

Features:

  • Podium and microphone
  • Overhead projector
  • HDMI and VGA inputs
  • Audio inputs
  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Includes use of 1.5′ x 6′ tables and chairs (cocktail tables available for rent)
  • Coffee/water service available (ask for rates)

Roof Deck Garden

(max seating for 50) – $100/half day, $200/full day, $50/hour (outside of business hours)

The Roof Deck offers 2,500 square feet of outdoor space with a panoramic view of the Thunder Bay River and downtown Alpena. The Deck is ideal for receptions or graduation parties and is located on the second floor of the Museum. The roof deck comes with the free use of 1.5’ X 6’ tables (chairs included). Cocktail tables are available for rent.

Features:

  • Podium
  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Includes use of 1.5′ x 6′ tables and chairs (cocktail tables available for rent)
  • Coffee/water service available (ask for rates)