Riverside Gallery

Bells & Whistles, Flags & Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes

Exhibit closes May 2015. Check it out before it's gone!


Come learn a language unlike any other at this exhibit that explores the various methods used by mariners to communicate with other sailors, vessels, and people along the shores.

Adults and kids of all ages will enjoy learning about communication on the Great Lakes through an interactive display of ship horns, whistles, and other unique devices. Visitors can spell their names with signal flags, test their Morse code skills on a telegraph, blow whistles, and try their hand at semaphore.

This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Detroit Historical Society and Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

Next Exhibit: Freshwater Submarines!

Opening Late June 2015

Learn more about the 28 Submarines built in Manitowoc during WW II.