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Baraga County Museums
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Museum and Sawmill Information]
Photos of Ford Historical Sawmill]
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,
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
Delta County Museums
Fayette Historic Townsite - Ghostown
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.
Fayette Historic State Park at 13700 13.25 Lane in Garden,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Houghton County Museums
Calumet Theater [History]
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.
The museum features the extensive history of
copper mining in Michigan, particularly on the Keweenaw
Peninsula. Located at 25815 Red Jacket Road in
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
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,
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
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,
Harbor Beach Lighthouse
Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society on FaceBook
Lighthouse Information and Photos]
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.
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
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
of lighthouse keepers]
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.
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
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
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.
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
Jackson County Museums
Sharp Museum of Art and History
is Ella Sharp] [Historic
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.
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
Tavern Historic Site Map]
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.
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]
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.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. The park is on U.S.
Hwy 41 just one mile east of Copper Harbor, MI.
Leelanau County Museums
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
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
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.
County 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
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)
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.
G. Thompson House Museum
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
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
Meridian in Cedarville, MI.
Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum
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
Church - Michigan's oldest surviving church.]
Richmond Area Historical Village
The historical village operated by the Richmond
Area Historical and Genealogical Society, features the following
- 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
- Blacksmith Shop - Built in 2009 to house
the Museum, the Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical
Society, and Blacksmith Shop, the museum features rotating
The Richmond Area Historical Village is
located inside Bailey Park in Richmond, Michigan.
Manistee County Museums
Arcadia Area Historical Museum
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,
Marquette County Museums
Negaunee Historical Museum
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
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
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
The Holocaust Memorial Center
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
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.
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,
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,
Dutch Village [History
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
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 email@example.com.
The museum is located at 176 W. Michigan Avenue in Rogers City,
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
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
Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum
the 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.
Durand Union Station & Michigan Railroad History
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.
lighthouse located in Pine Grove Park.
Edison Depot Museum
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
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
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
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
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
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
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
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
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
ghosthunters on YouTube. 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
Plymouth Historical Museum [History]
features changing exhibits related to the history of
Plymouth, MI. Located at 155 S. Main Street in
Museum Index for Other States
Michigan Census Records