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Historical Museum Guide for Michigan

A directory of Historical Museums in Michigan, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Michigan?  A visit to these Michigan history museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your Michigan ancestors, learn how they lived and played.  Some history museums have virtual tours, histories, data and historic photos to view online, allowing you to visit from home.

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Baraga County Museums

Ford Center

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[Alberta Village Museum and Sawmill Information]

[Historical Photos of Ford Historical Sawmill]

The historic village of Alberta was donated by Ford Motor Company in 1954 to Michigan Tech.  Today Ford Center occupies 5500 acres and features a research forest, conference center, historical Alberta Village and the Ford Sawmill Museum.  Ford Center and Ford Research Forest provides educational experience for programs at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science while the Village and Sawmill provides a look into the history of Alberta Village and the early industry of this area of Michigan.  Located on the grounds of the Michigan Technological University's Ford Center in Baraga, MI.

 

Chippewa County Museums

Pickford Historical Museum

The Pickford Historical Museum is housed in the old Harrison Hardware building and features historic artifacts, antiques and items related to the history of the Pickford area of Michigan.  Located at 175 E. Main Street in Pickford, MI.

 

Clare County Museums

Clare County Historical Museum

Operated by the Clare County Historical Museum, the primary focus is on the history of the Clare County area during a time when the land was occupied by Indians and squatters.  Historical artifacts and a research archives are housed inside the museum building.  Also on the property is the Ott Cabin where early pioneer household and outdoor skills are demonstrated and the 1876 Dover School which served the community until 1966.  Located 3 miles north of Clare on Old 27, 1 mile east on Dover Road.

 

Delta County Museums

Fayette Historic Townsite - Ghostown

From 1867-1891, Fayette was a bustling town, occupied by workers at the Jackson Iron Company.  Today the ghost town contains 20 historic buildings including the iron furnace complex, the company office, a town hall, hotel, and workers homes.  A museum features exhibits related to the history of Fayette, Michigan.  Located inside Fayette Historic State Park at 13700 13.25 Lane in Garden, MI.

 

Eaton County Museums

Bellevue Historical Museum

Featuring historical artifacts and documents related to the history of Bellevue, the museum is operated by the Bellevue Historical Society and is open by appointment.  Located at 212 North Main in Bellevue, MI.

Courthouse Square  

[Virtual Tour]  [Photo Gallery]

The 1885 Eaton County Courthouse features elaborate woodwork, tile floors and a beautiful stained glass ceiling.  The Courthouse Square Association is devoted to the preservation, collection and interpretation of the history of Eaton County.  Exhibits include the Eaton County Hall of History, a military exhibit, a 19th century doctor's office, a 1900s farm kitchen, Native American artifacts, a one room school and victorial parlor.  The CSA also owns the 1845 Eaton County Courthouse inside Bennett Park.  Visit the Courthouse Square at 100 West Lawrence in Charlotte, MI.

Grand Ledge Area Historical Society Museum

The museum is housed inside an 1880 Gothic cottage.  Built by Byron S. Pratt, a local minister, the cottage was originally located at the corner of W. Railroad and Harrison Streets.  The house was acquired by the Grand Ledge Historical Society, refurbished and opened in 1984.  Furnishings include items made in Grand Ledge.  Exhibits depict how people lived in Grand Ledge in the 1930s.  Open for special events and on Sundays.  Located at 118 W. Lincoln in Grand Ledge, MI.

The Miller Museum

The small museum is operated by the Eaton Rapids Historical Society and packed with Eaton Rapids history.  Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the 1860s Miller Home, the Wright One Room Schoolhouse, 1850s Plains Road Bible Church and the Thomson Ice Cream Parlor.  Located at the historic Miller Farm in Eaton Rapids, MI.

 

Genesee County Museums

Alfred P. Sloan Museum

Located in Flint, Michigan and part of The Flint Cultural Center, the exhibits include over 100,000 historical artifacts from prehistoric stone implements to early automobiles.  The Sloan Museum also houses the Perry Archives which offers an extensive collection of historical photos and papers documenting the early history of Flint and Genesee County, MI.

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

[Village Map]  [Weddings]  [Genesee Belle]

Featuring 34 historical structures and Huckleberry Railroad, a live steam railroad.  Take a step back in time, ride a paddlewheel riverboat and learn what life was like in "the olden days".  Rentals are available for weddings.  Located in Genesee County Park at 6140 Bray Road in Flint, MI.  Call 1-800-648-PARK for information.

Flushing Area Historical Society and Museum

[Historical Photos]

Housed in the restored 1888 Flushing Depot, the museum features historical artifacts, documents and photographs related to the history of Flushing and the surrounding area.  Located at 431 W. Main Street in Flushing, MI.

Grand Blanc Heritage Museum

Focused on the collection, documentation, preservation and exhibition of historical artifacts and items related to the history of Grand Blanc, the museum is housed inside the 1885 Congregational Church building.  Located at 203 E. Grand Blanc Road in Grand Blanc, MI.

Linden Mills Historical Society and Museum

The museum features items and artifacts related to the early history of Linden, Michigan.  Located in the Mill building at 201 N. Main Street in Downtown Linden, MI.

Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum

Two museums share a building built in the 1950s to house the Public Service Telephone Company of Montrose.  The telephone museum is the first of it's kind in Michigan and holds a large collection of antique wall telephones, candlestick desk phones and other authentic telephone equipment.  Next door is the Monrtose Area Historical Museum.  Located at 144 E. Hickory Street in Montrose, MI.

 

Houghton County Museums

The Calumet Theater  [History]  [Tours]

Built in 1900 as an opera house, the theater serves the area today with the Calumet Theatre Company.  Location is 340 Sixth Street in Calumet, MI.

Coppertown  [History]

The museum features the extensive history of copper mining in Michigan, particularly on the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Located at 25815 Red Jacket Road in Calumet, MI.

Houghton County Historical Museum

Focused on the history and culture of the Copper Country of Michigan, the museum features historical artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Houghton County and the copper mining industry in this area.  Housed in the museum is Copperland Copper Art Center which offers hand crafted copper gifts and works of art.  Located at 5500 Highway M-26 in Lake Linden, MI.

 

Huron County Museums

The Allen House Museum

The Allen House was built by Mayor, Wallace E. Allen in 1902.  A lovely Dutch colonial home, it is today nearly unchanged from it's original configuration and appears much as it did in 1902.  Furnishings feature period antiques, while one room has been dedicated to the 1950s era of Bad Axe and includes a gift shop.  Located at 303 N. Port Crescent Avenue in Bad Axe, Mi.  The museum is currently closed for repairs.

Caseville Historical Society and Museum / Maccabee Hall Museum

The Caseville Historical Society makes their headquarters inside Maccabee Hall, a building built in the 1890s.  The society collects and preserves historical artifacts and documents related to the history of Caseville, Michigan.  The collections and exhibits are also housed in Maccabee Hall which serves as the Caseville Historical Museum and an event center for the community.  Located at 6733 Prospect Street in Caseville, MI.

 

Elkton Log Cabin Museum / Elkton Ackerman Memorial Museum

Originally built by Enis Mayhew in 1865, the log cabin was dismantled, moved and reconstructed at the southeast corner of Ackerman Memorial Park in Elkton, MI.  The cabin holds historical artifacts from Elkton's past.  The cabin museum is open on Michigan's "Log Cabin Day the last Sunday in June from 1-5 p.m.  The cabin museum is also open during Elkton's Autumn Festival Days and by special appointment.  For further information, contact Edward Bumhoffer at 989-375-2598.  Located in Ackerman Memorial Park in Elkton, MI.

The Frank Murphy Museum

Housed in the home which was the birthplace to former Michigan governor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Frank Murphy, the museum offers tours of the home.  Visitors will learn about the life of Frank Murphy, explore the one and a half story house and law office of Frank Murphy's father John F. Murphy.  Located at 142 South Huron Avenue in Harbor Beach, MI.

Grice House Museum

[Virtual Tour]

This Gothic house was begun in 1874 and built by 3 generations of the Grice family.  Today, visitors can take a step back in time as they tour the home which houses historical artifacts of Harbor Beach.  Visitors will learn about the history of the great lakes area, see the school building filled with antique school items, the barn with historical farm implements and tour the house.  Located at 865 North Huron Avenue in Harbor Beach, MI.

Harbor Beach Lighthouse

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[360 Degrees Tour]  [Additional Lighthouse Information and Photos]

Harbor Beach Harbor has  featured a lighthouse to guide ships since 1876.  The original light was replaced in 1885 with the Harbor Beach Lighthouse that is still active today.  Guided tours are conducted seasonally on Saturdays.  The tour includes a boat ride to and from the lighthouse which is located about a mile from shore.  Tour tickets may be purchased from the Harbor Beach Marina.

Huron City Museums

This museum complex is located half way between Port Austin and Port Hope, Michigan on the "Tip of the Thumb".  Beginning as a lumber town in 1854 and founded by Langdon Hubbard, his descendants are keeping the history alive by caring for the historical buildings of his time.  Most of the 11 buildings situated on 10 acres were built after the great 1881 fire that wiped out Huron City.  The historical structures include a log cabin, Huron City Church, a hotel, / community house, a Service station, general store and The House of Seven Gables.  All structures feature furnishings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.  Tours are offered in July and August.  Weddings can be held in the lovely 1883 Huron City Church.  Located at 7995 Pioneer Drive in Port Austin, MI.

Pigeon Depot Museum

Housed inside the 1908 railroad depot, the museum holds historical artifacts and items related to the history of Pigeon, Michigan.  Currently, they are featuring a special exhibit of Depression Glass from the collection of Clayton Esch.  Located at 59 Main Street in the heart of Pigeon, MI.

Pioneer Log Village

Boasting the largest collection of authentically restored pioneer log buildings in the state of Michigan, the village features six individual museums.  They include a pioneer home, a general store, a one room school, a chapel, a barn and a blacksmith shop.  Originally built between 1875 and 1900, all of these log structures were moved to this site from other sites around Huron County, Michigan in the 1980s.  Each building holds period artifacts and antiques from this area's past.  Visitors will enjoy a day in yesteryear.  The village is open seasonally on Sunday afternoons.  Located at 205 South Hanselman Street in Bad Axe, MI.

Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse

[Virtual Tour]  [List of lighthouse keepers]

The current lighthouse structure was built in 1857 to replace the original 1848 structure.  Today it is being preserved.  Visitors may visit the museum inside the lighthouse keepers building at the at the base of the lighthouse.  Exhibits include shipwreck artifacts, lighthouse equipment and historical documents.  Located in Lighthouse County Park off M-25 on Lighthouse Road 6 miles north of Port Hope, MI.

White Rock School Museum

Set up as a 1909 schoolhouse, it holds authentic teaching materials including student and teacher textbooks, records, and board minutes dating back to the 1800s.  Currently only open by appointment.  Located at 10124 White Rock Road in Harbor Beach, MI.

 

Ingham County Museums

Michigan Historical Center

Devoted to the history and culture of Michigan state, the museum  features historical artifacts, documents and a research library.  Located at 702 W. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing, MI.

Michigan Museum of Surveying

Focused on the history of surveying, the museum holds surveying implements and historical information about Michigan land surveyors and their contribution to the settlement of Michigan.  Located at 220 S. Museum Drive in Lansing, MI.

Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame

[Members of the Women's Hall of Fame]

Housed in the 1903 Cooley-Haze house.  The museum features exhibits about the accomplishments and achievements of Michigan women throughout Michigan history.  Located at 213 W. Main Street in Lansing, MI.

R. E. Olds Transportation Museum

Home to the classic Oldsmobiles and rare vehicles like REO, Star, Durant and Viking.  The museum is focused on the history of transportation and includes buggies, bicycles, trucks and engines.  Located at 240 Museum Drive in Lansing, MI.

Telephone Pioneer Museum

The museum holds a collection of telephone memorabilia, artifacts and old photos related to the history of the telephone industry in Michigan.  Located at 221 N. Washington Square in Lansing, MI.

 

Jackson County Museums

Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History

[Who is Ella Sharp]  [Historic Site Photos]

The museum features 5 galleries of art and local history exhibits, Located on the museum grounds are Ella Sharp's 19th century Hillside Farmhouse and the Merriman Sharp Interpretive Center.  Other historical structures include the Dibble One-Room Schoolhouse, the Eli Stilson Log House and the Merriman-Sharp Tower Barn.  Guided tours are offered.  Located at 3225 4th Street in Jackson, MI.

Mann House

Erected in 1883 by Daniel Mann, the 2 story Victorian home features period furniture pieces, restored gardens, a carriage house and exhibits related to the early days in Michigan.  Guided tours are offered.  Located at 205 Hanover in Concord, MI.

Walker Tavern 

[Barn Exhibit Virtual Tour]

[Walker Tavern History]

Built in 1836 and first known as Snell's Tavern, it was sold in 1843 and changed to Walker's Tavern and served as a busy stagecoach stop.  Today it serves as a museum featuring exhibits and historic artifacts related to the history of this famous crossroads stagecoach stop.  Located inside Cambridge Junction State Park at 13220 M-50 at Brooklyn, MI.

 

Kalamazoo County Museums

Alamo Township Museum

Housed inside the 1865 Presbyterian Church, the museum features a large collection of historical artifacts related to the history of Alamo Township.  Outside the museum, visitors will find a buggy along with farming tools and early railroad equipment.  Located at 8119 6th Street in Alamo, MI.

Vicksburg Historical Society Depot Museum

Housed inside the former train depot for the Grand Trunk & Western Railroad, the museum features over 10,000 historical artifacts and genealogical items.  Also operated by the museum on the depot grounds, is Vicksburg Historic Village, a collection of buildings from early Vicksburg and the southern Kalamazoo County area.  Historical buildings include the Oswalt Farm House, Strong Schoolhouse, Vicksburg Commercial, the Express Office Warehouse and the Vicksburg Depot.  Expansion is planned with more historical buildings being moved to the site in the near future.  Located at 300 North Richardson Street in Vicksburg, MI.

 

Keweenaw County Museums

Copper Harbor Lighthouse Complex  [Photo]  [History]

[Copper Harbor Boat Tours]

Erected in 1866, the lighthouse and the keeper's house served for many years.  Today, tours are offered.  Located at Copper Harbor, MI.

Fort Wilkins  [Walking Tour Map]

There are 15 buildings to explore at Fort Wilkins.  Visitors will discover what life was like in the mid 19th century when the fort was a U.S. Army post built on the frontier in 1844.  Located inside Fort Wilkins Historic State Park.  The park is on U.S. Hwy 41 just one mile east of Copper Harbor, MI.

 

Leelanau County Museums

Empire Historical Museum

[History of the Empire Area

The museum is a complex of historical buildings including an old school house, the 1911 Fire House, the Billy Beeman Barn, and Taghon's Corner Gas Station.  The main museum building holds artifacts from Empire's past and features the Roen Saloon along with historical items from the ghost town of Norway Town.  Take a step back into the past and discover the history of Empire and local areas.  Located at 11544 LaCore in Empire, MI.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse   [History]

Located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and inside Leelanau State Park, this was a working lighthouse for nearly 150 years.  Now a museum, tours are offered along with a spectacular view of Lake Michigan from the tower.

Leelanau Historical Museum

Situated on the banks of the Leland River, the museum features a signature collection of black ash baskets and quillwork on birch bark created by local Odawa artists.  Located at 203 East Cedar Street in Leland, MI.

Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum 

[Historical Tour of the Manitou Passage]

The museum features exhibits related to the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Life-Saving Service along with the history of the Great Lakes Shipping Industry.  There is a room on the second floor simulated to be a Steamer Wheelhouse with a gorgeous panoramic view of the Manitou Passage Shipping channel.  Located just west of Glen Haven, MI.

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

Built in 1872, this historic lighthouse is accessible by ferry from Leland.  It is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and guided tours of the tower are available to the public.

 

Lenawee County Museums

Lenawee Historical Society Museum

The Lenawee County Historical Society operates the museum which is housed inside the 1909 Adrian Public Library.  The primary focus of the museum is on the history of Lenawee County through historical artifacts, antiques, photographs and documents.  The museum does feature an archives which is open to the public for research.  Located at 110 E. Church Street in Adrian, MI.

Southern Michigan Railroad Museum

[Southern Michigan Railroad History]

Dedicated to the preservation and operation of historical and antique railroad equipment and machinery, the museum is offering train excursions between Clinton and Tecumseh, Michigan.  The museum promotes awareness of the history of railroading, particularly the Palmyra and Jacksonburgh rail lines into Michigan.  For more information and train schedule, contact them at (517) 456-7677. 

Tecumseh Area Historical Museum

Tecumseh was one of the earliest settlements in Michigan.  The Tecumseh Area Historical Society operates the museum which features, preserves and interprets the history of communities around Tecumseh including Britton, Macon, Ridgeway and Tipton.  the museum is housed inside the 1913 "Old Stone Church" and located at 302 E. Chicago Blvd in Downtown Tecumseh, MI.

William G. Thompson House Museum

This beautiful Queen Anne home built in 1890 is exquisite and filled with antiques, art and other historical items collected by 3 generations of the Thompson family.  Be sure to see the Victorian gardens which are much the same as in the 1890s.  Located at 101 Summit Street in Hudson, MI.

Yesteryear Power and Equipment

221 Mill Street in Brooklyn, MI.

 

Mackinac County Museums

Les Cheneaux Historical Museum

Featuring historical artifacts related to the past of the Les Cheneaux Islands, the museum holds Indian items, logging era items, photos of early settlers and tourists when the islands were a large tourist attraction.  Located at 105 S. Meridian in Cedarville, MI.

Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum

Visitors will discover vintage boats, marine artifacts, antique outboard motors, historical photos and more inside the historical 1920s O. M. Reif Boathouse.  Located at Hwy M-134 and Lake Street in Cedarville MI

Fort Mackinac State Park and Museum

[Mission Church - Michigan's oldest surviving church.]

 

Macomb County Museums

Richmond Area Historical Village

The historical village operated by the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society, features the following buildings.

  • Donley Cabin - Built in 1853 by John Donley of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary, Ireland.
  • One Room Schoolhouse - Built in 1885, the school was once located on School Section Road in Richmond Township.  Today it is toured by Richmond area school children so they may get a glimpse of what school was like 125 years ago.
  • Grand Trunk Railroad Depot - Built in the 1900s, the Depot was moved from Rattle Run in Columbus Township to the current site.  The Grand Trunk Railroad played an important role in assuring the economic survival of Richmond when it first came from Detroit to Richmond in 1859.
  • Blacksmith Shop - Built in 2009 to house the Museum, the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society, and Blacksmith Shop, the museum features rotating exhibits.

The Richmond Area Historical Village is located inside Bailey Park in Richmond, Michigan.

 

Manistee County Museums

Arcadia Area Historical Museum

[Tour the Exhibits]  [Arcadia Timeline

[Site Map & Historic Photos]

The museum is housed in a lovely Victorian house erected in 1884 by Howard Gilbert, Featuring interesting historic artifacts, antique furniture and local history the history museum is located at 3340 Lake Street in Arcadia, MI.

Manistee County Historical Museum

Housed in the 1905 A. H. Lyman Building, this history museum is focused on the history and genealogy of the early pioneers of Manistee County, Michigan.  The museum features many historical documents, the Lyman Drug Store, period rooms, antiques and photographs.  Located at 425 River Street in Manistee, MI.

 

Marquette County Museums

Negaunee Historical Museum  [History]  [Exhibits]

Housed in the 1905 Pellow family home, the museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the history of Negaunee, Michigan.  Collections include Native American items, military objects, railroad memorabilia, a 19th century living room and more.  Located at 303 E. Main Street in Negaunee, MI.

 

Monroe County Museums

Dundee Old Mill Museum

[History]  [Tour]

Originally, a grist mill constructed in 1848 by Alfred Wilkerson, the 3 story mill has served as a power plant, Ford factory and a fabricating factory over the years.  Today it has been restored and houses the local historical museum.  Focused on the history of Dundee, early Native Americans, and exhibits about Henry Ford's auto industry, the museum is located at 242 Toledo Street in Dundee, MI.

Monroe County Historical Museum

Housed in an old 1913 Post Office, the museum has a large collection of local historical artifacts along with thousands of old photographs, early manuscripts and documents in their archives.

 

Muskegon County Museums

Fire Barn Museum

This museum is a recreation of the original C. H. Hackley Hose Company No. 2 and serves as a living memorial to Muskegon County firefighters.

Hackley and Hume Historic Site and City Barn

Preserved by the Muskegon County Museum, you may explore two beautiful historic homes which have been restored and furnished with period pieces.

Muskegon Heritage Museum

Get a birdseye view of a Corliss Valve Steam Engine and how it works.  See an old time Print Shop which features working historical printing presses and other related equipment used in print shops.  Learn about the Muskegon Brewery and the beers brewed there including Guiness. Bowling fans will enjoy viewing a Brunswick A-2 Pinsetter in operation, likely the only working one of it's kind in a museum in the US.  Learn about the history of lumbering, foundries and other industries in the Muskegon area.  A new exhibit for 2012 is titled "Made in Muskegon" with many unique items manufactured there.  Visitors may tour the museum and learn about the historic homes in Muskegon.  Located at 561 West Western Avenue in Muskegon, MI.

 

Oakland County Museums

The Holocaust Memorial Center

Devoted to educating the public about the holocaust and the history of five thousand Jewish communities that were wiped out by the Nazis.  Located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, MI.

Milford Historical Society Museum

[Virtual Tour]  [Milford History]

The Milford Historical Society operates a museum inside an 1853 Greek Revival structure which was once home to the Edwin Hubbell family.  Visitors will explore the upper floor which is decorated in the late Victorian era and furnished with many items manufactured in Milford, Michigan.  The formal parlor, dining room and kitchen will delight visitors with historical household items. Also on exhibit is the 1833 Job G. Bigelow log cabin.  Open seasonally.  Located at 124 E. Commerce Road in Milford, MI.

Troy Museum & Historic Village

The museum is a complex comprised of 10 historic buildings situated on lovely green.  Visitors will view fine collections of 19th and early 20th century artifacts as they soak up the local history and culture of times past.  Those interested in research may make an appointment to access archival records.  Located at 60 West Wattles Road in Troy, Michigan.

 

Ontonagon County Museums

Old Victoria Restoration in Rockland

 

Oscoda County Museums

Steiner Museum - Pioneer and Logging Artifacts

The museum houses the Earl Steiner collection of logging artifacts and the pioneer history of Ocoda County and surrounding area.  1980 Reber Road, Fairview, MI.

 

Ottawa County Museums

Cappon House Museum

Historic home built in 1874.  Home to Isaac Cappon, a poor Dutch immigrant who became the Mayor of Holland.  The Victorian home contains original furnishings and has been designated as a museum.  Just 5 doors east, you will find The Settlers House which was built in 1867 and is a surviving example of the home of a working class family in the late 1800s.

Coopersville, Michigan Historical Society & Museum

Housed inside a former interurban depot which was part of the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway, the museum features railroad artifacts, household artifacts, an 1880s drugstore, a full sawmill exhibit and other historical items from the past of Coopersville.  Located at 363 Main Street in Coopersville, MI.

Dutch Village  [History & Photos]

Recreates an historic village in the Netherlands, as it would have been over 200 years ago.

The Holland Museum

Explores the history of Holland, Michigan. 

The Posthouse Museum

Located on Windmill Island (home to a 240 year old working Dutch windmill surrounded by gardens), this museum offers a presentation about windmills, the Netherlands and the De Zwaan.

 

Otsego County Museums

Otsego County Historical Society Museum

Housed in a 1910 cigar factory, the museum focuses on the early heritage of Otsego County.  Operated by the Otsego County Historical Society, the museum is located at 320 W. Main Street in Gaylord, MI.

 

Presque Isle County Museums

Presque Isle County Historical Museum
Preserving the history of Presque Isle County, the museum is located in a sprawling craftsman style bungalow that served for many years as the home for the president of the Michigan Limestone & Chemical Co. and the Bradley Transportation Co. The first of those was Carl D. Bradley, who was also namesake of a large Great Lakes freighter. That ship sank in a violent storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958. Thirty-three of thirty-five crewmembers died with their ship. The museum includes a 19th century bedroom, a native American room, children’s toy room, country store, one-room schoolhouse, Victorian music room, early 1900’s millinery shoppe, maritime room, and pioneer room. The museum also has an extensive photographic archive, including the Calcite Collection, made up of 45,000 negatives, slides, and prints documenting the history of Michigan Limestone’s Calcite Plant from 1911 until the 1980’s. The museum is open from noon until 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, from May 1 until September 30. Phone (989) 734-4121, or email at bradleymuseum@i2k.com.
The museum is located at 176 W. Michigan Avenue in Rogers City, MI.

 

Saginaw County Museums

Castle Museum & The Annex

On January 14, 1967, the Passolt House at 1105 S. Jefferson St. became the first site of a history museum for Saginaw County. The Castle (an 1896 Post Office building) became its permanent home in 1992. The Historical Society of Saginaw County's focus changed dramatically with the addition of the responsibility for the Castle building and with the successful passage of a county millage vote. The 61,000+ sq. ft. building includes exhibit space, a multi-purpose function room, a library and archives, offices and workrooms, meeting spaces, archaeology laboratory and archaeological repository. The Society's material culture collections (that not on exhibit) are housed in a separate nearby building. The Society continues to collect, preserve and interpret the material culture of Saginaw County history but it has also moved actively into the preservation of the Castle building itself and the interpretation of its architectural and functional history. Exhibits include: Lighthouses of Michigan; The Amsterdam Collection of Bakelite; Jazz on Jefferson and more.  Located at 500 Federal Avenue & 201 S. Jefferson in Saginaw, MI.

Frankenmuth Historical Museum

A unique museum featuring historic information about Frankenmuth.  Known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria", the story of the original fifteen German settlers is related and the history of the settlement of Frankenmuth, MI.  Located at 613 S. Main Street in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

 

Sanilac County Museums

Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum

[Tour Museum & Grounds]  [History]

The Village includes 14 historical buildings from around Sanilac County.  The "Village" is located on ten acres of the original estate of Dr. Joseph Loop in Port Sanilac, a Lake Huron harbor village in Michigan.  Visitors will step back in time as they roam through Victorian gardens and buildings that are reminiscent of days gone by.  Historical buildings include the 1872 Loop-Harrison Mansion and General Store, an 1847 Shoolhouse, the 1880s Banner Log Cabin, a carriage barn, dairy shrine, a 1937 hunting cabin, a museum Church, the Ward cottage and a 1 1/2 century old barn where theatrical productions are held.  There is a small genealogy / archives room in the Loop-Harrison Mansion where many family histories, documents and albums are available for research.  The historical buildings are filled with period furnishings, antiques and historical objects.  Located at 228  S. Ridge Street in Port Sanilac, MI.

 

Shiawassee County Museums

Durand Union Station & Michigan Railroad History Museum

Devoted to the preservation of railroad history, the museum is housed inside the 1905 Durand train depot.  Established as a museum in 1979, the depot has been renovated to its original grandeur with terrazzo floors and oak trim.  Visitors will see what the depot was like in the late 19th century and trains still run between Port Huron and Chicago stopping at Durand Union Station.  Located at 200 Railroad Street in Durand, MI.

 

St. Clair County Museums

Port Huron Museum

Exhibits include arts, history and marine heritage of the Port Huron area.  The following museums are part of their collection.  Be sure to check for passport prices which includes admission to ALL museums.  Located at 1115 Sixth Street in Port Huron, MI.

Huron Lightship

A floating lighthouse located in Pine Grove Park.

Edison Depot Museum

Carnegie Center

Originally the Port Huron Public Library which was built in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie, the building today houses Port Huron Museum's main Museum .  It is home to over 15,000 historical objects and archival items related to the history and culture of the Blue Water Area.

Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse in Michigan.  Constructed n 1829.  Tours are free.

Marysville Historical Museum

Housed in the old City Hall building, originally constructed in 1912 as the Carpenter-Cuttle House, the museum contains exhibits depicting earlier times in Marysville (also known as Bunceville and Vicksburg in earlier days).  The Old Fire Hall, located next door provides exhibits of an old fire engine and the historical archives where researchers will find old yearbooks, historical documents, photographs, newspaper obituaries and other helpful information for the historical researcher.  Located at 887 E. Huron Blvd. in Marysville, MI.

 

Washtenaw County Museums

Michigan Firehouse Museum

The collection includes antique fire trucks and firefighting equipment.  Located at 110 W. Cross Street in Ypsilanti, MI.

Ypsilanti Historical Museum & Archives  [Collection]   [Map]

 

Wayne County Museums

Commandant's House

This fine old house which was built in 1880 for the Commandant of Fort Wayne has been renovated and furnished in Renaissance Revival and Eastlake styles of the late 19th century.  The National Society of The Colonial Dames of American in the State of Michigan are operating and maintaining the property.  Tours are offered with docent guides only for special occasions when Fort Wayne is open to visitors.  This house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Located at 6325 W. Jefferson in Detroit, MI.

Detroit Historical Museum & Society

Featuring 3 floors of exhibits which include a 1700s fur trading post, an auto assembly line, and cobblestone streets with 19th century stores, the museum is focused on the rich history of Detroit, Michigan.  Located at 5401 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, MI.

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Known as a flagship of the Midwest’s inland lakes maritime heritage museums, it stands on the shore of Detroit’s historic Belle Isle, one of America’s grandest city parks.  The museum offers visitors a comprehensive look at life on the Great Lakes and along the Detroit River. Located on the shore of historic Belle Isle, the Dossin is a “must see” cultural location for those who love maritime history and enjoy being near the water.  Located at 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207.

Eloise Mental Hospital 

Once, the largest mental hospital in the US, it has also served patients with tuberculosis, and as a poorhouse.  Across the street is a large potter's field containing over 7000 un-named graves.  See reports of ghosts and photos.  Located at 30712 Michigan Avenue in Westland, MI and Eloise Cemetery is located on Henry Ruff Road just south of Michigan Avenue.

Fairlane - The Henry Ford Estate  [Virtual Tour]

Museum of African American History

Plymouth Historical Museum   [History]  [Archives]

The museum features changing exhibits related to the history of Plymouth, MI.  Located at 155 S. Main Street in Plymouth, MI.

 

 

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