Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth to launch major shipwreck exhibit

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A new exhibit coming to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth will feature items and depictions from three shipwrecks, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The $423,000 exhibit will launch next Fourth of July weekend.

The Associated Press reports that $200,000 of the cost will be paid by state grant money.

Among the items coming to the museum are artifacts from the wreck of the S.S. America, which sank in the Isle Royale’s Washington Harbor in 1927; and artifacts from the San Francisco Maru, a World War II Japanese transport ship sunk in Micronesia’s Truk Lagoon.

While the current exhibit, "Masters of Disguise," is being dismantled, items from it will remain at the museum in different locations. Among them is a an octopus named Cousteau, and the aquarium's ethereal jellyfish.

The museum's education director says the shipwreck exhibit will be built and mostly assembled by in-house staff.

Formerly known as the Lake Superior Center, the Great Lakes Aquarium opened on the Duluth Waterfront in 2000.

The AP says the museum was written off as a failure a few years ago, but business has since increased and city subsidies have helped keep the facility in the black.

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