“Boo on the Boat” on the Schoonmaker Museum Ship (formerly Boyer)


Beginning Friday, October 29 through Halloween Day, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) invites visitors to trick-or-treat aboard two of Toledo’s most historic haunts—the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio

“Boo on the Boat has become a fun tradition for so many,” shares Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Education and Visitor Experience. “This year, instead of just being a single day event, we’ve decided to host the family friendly fun over the course of the entire extended Halloween weekend.” 

Young “goblins and ghouls” can trick-or-treat in costume from the pilot houses to the galleys and everywhere in between while on a scavenger hunt for goodies. Treats will be distributed using pre-portioned, sealed bags at stations to help youth explore Great Lakes history in a fun, age-appropriate way. Additionally, on Saturday, October 30, NMGL will welcome back artist Don Lee to draw free caricatures. Children with food allergies will have access to non-food treats in alignment with the Teal Pumpkin Project. 

Boo on the Boat activities are included with the price of general museum and ship admission. The event is free for members. Guests may consider additional savings and access to the museum year-round by purchasing a membership. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more and reserve your tickets visit nmgl.org

About the National Museum of the Great Lakes: Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has been preserving our shared cultural history by publishing a quarterly journal Inland Seas® since 1945; by operating a maritime museum since 1952; by offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; by conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001; and by managing the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship since 2014 and Museum Tug Ohio since 2019. The opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes enables the Great Lakes Historical Society to continue its mission to preserve and make known the important history of the Great Lakes. 

WHAT: Boo on the Boat 

WHEN: Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31, 2021 

10am-4pm (Friday – Saturday) and 12am-4pm (Sunday) 

WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605 ADMISSION: $17.00 Adults (18-64); $16.00 Seniors (65+); $14.00 Youth (6-17) FREE – Children 5 and under; GLHS/NMGL Members 

Family Memberships are only $54 *Price includes trick-or-treating and admission to the museum and boats

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