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Full STEAM Ahead | Free Admission Day at Imagination Station & National Museum of the Great Lakes

Full STEAM Ahead | Free Admission Day at Imagination Station & National Museum of the Great Lakes

National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front Street
Toledo, Ohio 43605

Imagination Station
1 Discovery Way
Toledo, Ohio 43604

Saturday, September 9, 2023 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is partnering with Imagination Station for a day of water-based, green learning activities and FREE admission at both museums in recognition of Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s 50th Anniversary. Thanks to the generous support of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visitors are encouraged to visit both museums for an entire day of FREE Great Lakes Science fun!

On Saturday, September 9, both Museum’s are open FREE from 10 – 5 p.m. for all visitors.
National Museum of the Great Lakes activities include a STEAM-based Scavenger Hunt and Recycled Regatta
Imagination Station activities include opportunities to create from re-purposed materials and glass crusher demonstrations.
PLUS, members of both institutions can use their membership card to get into both museums free anytime between September 1 – 10.
This event is made possible through the generosity of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation—celebrating 50 years of funding futures. Be sure to see the timeline of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s impact at Imagination Station. Read on for more details on all the activities to create a day full of free family STEAM fun!


National Museum of the Great Lakes:
-STEAM Scavenger Hunt: Learn about the important role of science and technology in the history of the Great Lakes with our STEAM Scavenger Hunt by exploring our museum exhibits, along with the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and Museum Tug Ohio. Along the way, learn about ship building techniques and get inspiration to build your own craft in our Recycled Regatta. PLUS, visit NMGL’s temporary exhibit, Two Men and a Boat, to learn more about small boat building.

-Recycled Regatta: Put your boat building skills to the test by building a mini craft to race on our test course. Use recycled materials and trial and error to build your best boat, while helping to recycle items that might otherwise become marine debris in our Great Lakes.

Imagination Station:
-Create and Imagine Using Re-purposed Materials: Upcycle fabric to create your own bag or purse in our Tinkering Space, then get creative and design your own Dinosaur using repurposed materials in Think Tank. PLUS, visit Imagination Station’s traveling exhibit, Ultimate Dinosaurs, before you build to draw inspiration. (Please note Ultimate Dinosaurs is free for Imagination Station members and $5 for non-members.)

-Glass Crusher Demonstration: Learn how glass can be downcycled and turned into sand and see all the ways you can reduce your impact on the planet during hands-on demonstrations of the glass crusher.