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Sanctuary Offices & Visitor Center Closed to the Public

For the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and employees, and as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the offices and visitor center will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to reassess the situation. We understand this closure is an inconvenience for visitors, and we apologize. Our top priority is the health of our guests who come to learn about Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the National Marine Sanctuary System, as well as the staff and volunteers who support our visitor center. If you have further questions about the closure and TBNMS, please call 989-884-6200

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN?

If you love the Great Lakes, join the Friends! Dedicated to sustaining the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s fresh waters and nationally significant collection of more than 200 shipwrecks, the Friends of TBNMS needs your help! Join us in supporting a dynamic range of education, community outreach, and research activities focused on protecting the Great Lakes.

GET INTO YOUR SANCTUARY

Explore the many ways to experience Great Lakes shipwrecks, lighthouses, fossil beds, and more.

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EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Discover fascinating learning opportunities about marine science, technology, and archaeology for all ages here.

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KNOW YOUR SANCTUARY

Dive deeper to learn about the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s underwater shipwreck museum.

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Thunder Bay’s Signature Events

Maritime Festival

Maritime Festival

ROV

ROV Competition

Film Festival

Film Festival

Summer Programs

“Great experience! Highly recommend it!”

Diana Bergen Thornburg

“What an incredible blessing to this town! Always love this place and the beautiful sincere staff. Thank you!!!”

Tim Hauff

“It was a blast! Captain Spencer and crew were very fun and informative about some of northern Michigan’s history.”

Trevor Hoon

Upcoming Events

Whats Happening at Thunder Bay

Giving Tuesday – Your Chance to Give Back!

By |November 21st, 2018|Categories: Event|Tags: , , |

On Tuesday, November 27, you can be a part of a world day of giving by making an online donation. Donate Now The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary hopes you will help [...]

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Congratulations to Winners of the 2018 Wooden Boat and Paddle Boat Raffle

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: Boat Raffle|Tags: |

ALPENA, Mich.—Winners from near and far gathered at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Downtown Alpena to receive their raffle winnings. Jodene Compton of Presque Isle, Mich., won the wooden Chesapeake Light Craft Eastport [...]

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Lappan Agency is Platinum Sponsorship of Thunder Bay Maritime Festival

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Maritime Festival|Tags: , , , |

Tom Lappan, President and Co-owner of the Lappan Agency, Inc., presented the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) a check for $4,000 as Platinum Sponsor of the 18th Annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival.  [...]

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Annual Wooden Boat Raffles Kick Off This Weekend

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Boat Raffle|Tags: , , |

Over the past several years the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) has strived to raise funds for the sanctuary’s youth education programs and community outreach by raffling wooden boats made by local [...]

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