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Great Lakes Museum reopening after renovation

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2013 at 9:07 am •  Published: May 13, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — The Dossin Great Lakes Museum will reopen this weekend following a five-month, $2 million renovation that includes a new core exhibit.

The museum on Detroit's Belle Isle holds reopening events that begin at noon Saturday.

The museum has been closed since early December for the overhaul. The new core exhibit "Built by the River" will highlight the ways in which Detroiters have relied upon the river and lakes to build industries, engage neighbors and pursue recreational interests.

The Detroit Historical Society, which operates the museum, reopened the Detroit Historical Museum last year after a renovation. The society launched a $20.1 fundraising campaign in 2009 to pay for the renovations, and it is more than 85 percent of the way toward reaching its goal.

"This renovation project at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum is the latest manifestation of the society's five-year (campaign), which funded our ... makeover at our flagship Detroit Historical Museum," Detroit Historical Society Executive Director Bob Bury said in a statement.

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