TOLEDO -- A national museum detailing the story of the Great Lakes has opened to the public in northwestern Ohio.
WTOL-TV in Toledo reports that the new National Museum of the Great Lakes opened to visitors for the first time Saturday. The museum offers information on the Great Lakes that spans hundreds of years and includes tales of fur traders, rum runners and operators of the Underground Railroad, which helped escaped slaves reach freedom in Canada.
Museum visitors also can learn about the United States' victory in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 and the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter in Lake Superior in 1975.
The museum includes hundreds of artifacts and over 40 interactive displays. The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship also is docked at the museum.