The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle is getting a $4.9 million makeover.
The outdoor redesign follows a 2013 renovation project that reimagined the museum’s interior. Now it’s changing the spaces outside to incorporate the beauty of Belle Isle and the Detroit River.
“With everything that’s happening on Belle Isle we’re really excited about making the exterior of the museum as beautiful as the inside,” says Elana Rugh, Executive Director and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, which operates the museum.
Rue says the renovation at the Dossin will change not only how the museum looks but how visitors use it. Renovations to the exterior of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum are expected to run through 2021. The museum will be open during much of the work.
Click the audio player above to hear CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, and see photos of the renovations below.’s Sascha Raiyn interview Elana Rugh, the president and