Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial and the memorial’s Visitor Center will open daily for daily visitation today. The memorial column is a 352-foot Doric column made of pink Milford granite. On a clear day, visitors can see the surrounding Lake Erie Islands, and Canada, from the column’s observation deck located 317 feet from the ground.
The visitor center has a 75-seat theater that offers a free 15-minute film on the “Battle of Lake Erie” and the War of 1812. On display is a large diorama of the Battle of Lake Erie using flat hull models of the ships, at the precise time Commodore Oliver H. Perry was being rowed from the US Brig Lawrence to the US Brig Niagara by members of his crew.
The visitor center also has an historical timeline display, a model of the US Brig Lawrence, a British musket found at the Battle site, a gift shop, and information about the National Park Service, and how kids can become a Junior Ranger.
The memorial and the visitor center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, this season. Sequesturing by the federal government has forced the NPS to delay opening the Memorial by a month, and to shorten their daily hours for visitation at the Visitor Center and the Memorial column.