August 2017 Museums

Alberta

The Henry Ford Alberta Village Museum. This converted sawmill village, built in 1935, houses artifacts of the period and information about Henry Ford’s vision of a self-sufficient community. There is a gift shop and video library with video interviews of residents of Alberta in the 1930s. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. US-41, south of L’Anse in the Michigan Tech Forestry Center Complex. 524-6181 or www.fordcenter.mtu.edu

 

Big Bay

Big Bay Lighthouse. The grounds of the 1896 lighthouse are open year-round. 3 Lighthouse Rd. 345-9957.

 

Calumet

Calumet Theatre. Both self-guided and guided tours of this historic theatre built in 1900 are available. Self-guided tours: youth 2 and younger, free; 3 to 15, $2; adults, $4. Guided tours: youth 2 and younger, free; 3 to 15, $3; adults, $6. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. 340 Sixth St. 337-2610 or www.calumettheatre.com

Coppertown USA Mining Museum. The Keweenaw Peninsula is the site of the first mineral rush in the United States and the museum traces the evolution of miners with a series of exhibits designed for the family. Youth 5 and younger, free; 6 to 15, $2; adults, $4. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 25815 Red Jacket Rd. 337-4354 or www.keweenawheritagesites.org

International Frisbee Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn about the history of Guts Frisbee. Days and hours vary. Open when events are held. Second floor ballroom, Calumet Colosseum, Red Jacket Rd. 281-7625.

 

Caspian

Iron County Historical Museum. This complex is the U.P.’s largest outdoor museum. Twenty-six buildings represent the industries of lumber, mining and transportation and include a homestead, cultural center and art complex. Youth 4 and younger, free; 5 to 18, $5; adults, $10. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Off M-189 or two miles off US-2 at Iron River. 265-2617 or www.ironcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

 

Central

Central Mine and Village. This community was once home to 1,200 people and was one of the most prosperous mines in the Keweenaw. The Keweenaw Historical Society maintains a visitor center and several exhibits about the area’s families, homes, schools and churches. Daily, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. U.S.-41, five miles east of Phoenix. 289-4990 or www.keweenawhistory.org/central.html

 

Chassell

Chassell Heritage Center and Museum. Featured displays include a timeline exhibit that depicts and interprets the lives and times of Chassell residents from the beginning until World War II, and a vintage clothing exhibit maintained by the Friends of Fashion. Donations appreciated. Tuesdays and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m. 42373 Hancock St. 523-1155.

 

Copper Harbor

Fort Wilkins State Park. Built in 1844, this fort is a well-preserved, 19th century military post and lighthouse complex. Through museum exhibits, audio-visual programs and costumed interpretation, visitors can explore the daily routine of military service, experience the hardships of frontier isolation and discover another era. Park store, bookstore, concession stand and campsites are on site. 8:30 a.m. to dusk. $11 per car, per day for Michigan residents, $9 for nonresidents. US-41 (one mile east of Copper Harbor). 289-4215.

 

Covington

Covington Historical Museum. The museum houses exhibits, photographs and artifacts on the life of the early Finnish residents of Covington Township, as well as the township’s only jail cell. The Genealogy Room contains family histories and early township records. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m Center Street. 355-2456.

 

Delaware

Delaware Copper Mine. This authentic copper mine operated from 1847 to 1887. The tour takes visitors to the first level at 110 feet, where they can see veins of copper exposed in the walls of the mine. A deer pen and museum also is on site. Youth 5 and younger, free; 6 to 12, $7; 13 and older, $11. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. US-41, 12 miles south of Copper Harbor. 289-4688 or www.delawarecopperminetours.com

 

Escanaba

Delta County Historical Society Archives. Written documents and pictures depict Delta County history. Information is available on early settlements, railroads, lighthouses, business and industry, churches and schools. Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sand Point (at the end of Ludington St.). 789-6790 or www.deltahistorical.org

 

Garden

Fayette Historic Townsite. This site was once one of the Upper Peninsula’s most productive iron-smelting operations. A town of nearly 500 residents grew up around two blast furnaces, a large dock and several charcoal kilns. It now includes a visitor center, museum exhibits, a 26- station walking tour and a scale model of the original townsite. $11 per car, per day for Michigan residents, $9 for nonresidents. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 13700 13.25 Lane. 644-2603.

 

Grand Marais

Gitchee Gumee Agate and History Museum. The museum contains a variety of rock, mineral and agate displays, as well as histories of Grand Marais and the logging and fishing industries. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to  5 p.m. Brazel St, west of Main Street. 494-2590 or www.agatelady.com

 

Greenland

Adventure Mining Company. The Adventure Copper Mine opened in 1850 and remains one of the best preserved sites of its time. Although the mine closed in 1920, many of the shafts are still open for touring. Tours range from surface walking tours to underground rappelling down a mine shaft. Tour prices vary. Youth 6 and younger, free; 7 to 12, $7.50 to $14.50; 13 and older, $14 to $25. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 200 Adventure Ave. 883-3371 or www.adventuremine.com

 

Gulliver

Seul Choix Lighthouse. The site houses a collection of maritime and historical items and displays. The tower is 78 feet tall and still houses a working light. Visitors can tour the lightkeepers’ home, fog signal building and newly restored boathouse, see a movie in the 30-seat theater and browse in the expanded gift shop. Free to tour the grounds, $2 per person to climb the tower. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Off US-2 (follow the signs). 283-3317.

 

Hancock

Quincy Mine Hoist and Underground Mine. There are two options for touring the site. On both the surface tour and the full tour, visitors will see the museum, inside the No. 2 Shaft House and the Nordberg Steam Hoist and ride the cog rail tram car to the mine entrance. On the full tour, visitors will take a tractor-pulled wagon into the mine, seven levels underground. Prices vary. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 482-3101 or www.quincymine.com

 

Houghton

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. View the largest collection of minerals from the Great Lakes region and the world’s finest collection of Michigan minerals. Exhibits educate visitors on how minerals are formed, fluorescent minerals and minerals from around the world. Tuesday through Satuday, 9 a.m. to 4p.m. 1404 E. Sharon Ave. 487-2572 or www.museum.mtu.edu

Carnegie Museum. Features rotating displays of local history, natural science and culture. The Science Center is dedicated to interactive exhibits about science for kids. Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 105 Huron St. 482-7140.

MTU Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections. Features a variety of historical memorabilia, highlighting life in the Copper Country. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lower level of the J.R. Van Pelt Library, MTU. 487-3209.

 

Ishpeming

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum. Tour historical grounds and see mining artifacts, photographs and equipment. View historical and unique obelisk head frames and the only Koeppe Hoist System in the United States. Other items of interest include a 170-ton ore truck, a blacksmith shop, mineral displays from the 50-year-old Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club and displays and information from the Ishpeming Historical Society and the Marquette County Genealogical Society. Prices vary. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 501 W. Euclid St. 485-1882.

Ishpeming Area Historical Society Museum. New exhibits include a military exhibit and artifacts from the Elson Estate. Donations appreciated. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Gossard Building, Suite 303, 308 Cleveland Ave.

U.S. National Ski Hall & Snowboard Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum features more than 300 Hall of Fame inductees, presented in photographs and biographies, and displays and exhibits of skiing history and equipment, an extensive library, video show, gift shop, special events and more. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. US-41 and Third St. 485-6323 or www.skihall.com

 

K.I. Sawyer

K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum. The museum promotes and preserves the aviation history the air base brought to the area. Air Force-related materials are on display, including photographs, flags, medals and more. Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 402 Third St. 362-3531 or www.kishamuseum.org

 

Lake Linden

Houghton County Historical Museum. The museum features exhibits that tell the story of how copper ore was milled and smelted in the largest copper mill in the world. Other displays include an outdoor collection of antique heavy equipment, wagons, buggies, blacksmithing equipment, the Copperland Copper Art Center and the Copper Country Heritage Railroad Center. Prices, days and hours vary. 53102 M-26. 296-4121. www.houghtonhistory.org

 

Laurium

Laurium Manor Inn. Self-guided tours are available of this 45-room mansion built in 1908. Youth 5 and younger, free; students, $4; adults, $7. Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 320 Tamarack St. 337-2549 or www.lauriummanorinn.com

 

Marquette

Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center.

– World War I in the Upper Peninsula will be on display through August 31.

– Conserving the Land, an exhibition of the history of conservation in the U.P., wiill be on display through October 21.

Three separate collections focus on cultural artifacts relating to ethnic, religious and social diversity in the U.P. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gries Hall, NMU. 227-3212 or www.nmu.edu/beaumier

Marquette Maritime Museum. The museum collects, preserves and presents maritime history. Many exhibits and guided tours of the lighthouse grounds are offered. Museum or lighthouse tour: $3 for those age 12 and younger, $7 for age 13 and older. Both tours: $5 for those age 12 and ; $12 for age 13 and older. Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300 Lakeshore Blvd. 226-2006 or www.mqtmaritimemuseum.com

Marquette Regional History Center.

– Kissing the Water: The Lure and Lore of Flying Fishing, featuring handmade rods and flies, photography and more, will be on display through August 16.

– The Origins of Wildlife Photography will be on display through 2022.

The museum includes interactive displays as well as regional history exhibits. 12 and younger, $2; 13 to 18, $3; seniors, $6; adults, $7. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 145 W. Spring St. 226-3571 or www.marquettehistory.org

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. A variety of interactive exhibits offer learning through investigation and creativity. Members, free; Nonmembers, youth younger than 2, free; 2 and older, $6. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5  p.m. 123 W. Baraga Ave. 226-3911.

 

Menominee

West Shore Fishing Museum.  Experience the life of an early 20th century pioneer fishing family. Tour the restore home and gardens. View exhibits of fishing tools and practices of pioneer commercial fishing families and Native Americans on the west shore of Green Bay. Beach area includes Great Lakes boats used in the commercial fishing industry. Photos and maps of historic interest are featured in Welcome Center displays. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. 15 miles north of Menominee or 8 miles south of Cedar River on M-35. Turn at Bailey Park entrance. (715 )923-9756.

 

Michigamme

Michigamme Museum. Featuring original writings, photographs and a 1959 video of the filming of the movie Anatomy of a Murder. The museum has a collection of more than 135 years of history. Daily, noon to 5 p.m. 110 W. Main St. 323-6608.

 

Munising

Alger County Historical Society Heritage Center. Exhibits include the Grand Island Recreation Area, Munising Woodenware Company, barn building, homemaking, sauna and more. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. 1496 Washington St. 387-4308.

 

Negaunee

Michigan Iron Industry Museum. In the forested ravines of the Marquette Iron Range, the museum overlooks the Carp River and the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region. Museum exhibits, audio-visual programs and outdoor interpretive paths depict the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader. The museum is one of 10 museums and historic sites administered by the Michigan Historical Center. Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 73 Forge Rd. 475-7857.

Negaunee Historical Society Museum. Visitors can enjoy a variety of exhibits related to the history of Negaunee, including mining, sports, military, Native American, railroad and household displays. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 303 E. Main St. 475-4614 or www.negauneehistory.org

 

Ontonagon

Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum. Ontonagon-area exhibits include an exact replica of the Ontonagon boulder. Museum tour $3; Lighthouse tour, $5. Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 422 River St. 884-6165 or www.ontonagonmuseum.org

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Park rangers lead visitors through interpretive programs and to numerous historic and scenic sites. The visitor center houses a museum. $11 per car, per day for Michigan residents, $9 for nonresidents. Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4125 Boundary Rd. 885-5275.

 

Pelkie

Hanka Homestead. This homestead encompasses 40 acres, where visitors can tour the family home, barns, hen house, granary, blacksmith shop, sauna, root cellar and milk house. The farm was occupied for 70 years by the Hanka family, and reached its most productive time in the 1920s. $3. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Hanka Rd. 338-2650 or 353-6239.

Historic One-Room Schoolhouse. Sit at the desks that the students used, ring the bell and see the horse-drawn school bus. Sundays and holidays, 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Corner of Pelkie and Mantila roads. www.baragacountyhistoricalmuseum.com/schoolhouse.html

 

Phoenix

Bammert Blacksmith Shop. The buildings exterior and interior have been restored and display the shop and equipment as they were at the end of the 19th century. Daily, noon to 5 p.m. M-26.

www.keweenawhistory.org/bammert.html

Phoenix Church. The church was originally built as St. Mary’s Church in 1858 to serve Catholic residents of the nearby community of Cliff, the scene of the area’s first major copper discovery. In 1899, the church was dismantled and reassembled in Phoenix, where it was renamed Church of the Assumption. It closed in 1957. The church now has been repaired and restored and appears as it did a century ago. Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. US-41 at the junction of M-26 to Eagle River. www.keweenawhistory.org

 

Rockland

Old Victoria. Guided tours are available of this historic log cabin complex that was home to early copper miners. Four restored buildings and a visitor center are open. Youth younger than five, free; five to twelve, $2; adults, $5. Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Victoria Dam Road, four miles southwest of US-45. 886-2617.

Rockland Historical Society Museum. A variety of displays depict Victoria Dam and the area’s rich pioneering history. A featured exhibit tells the story of Michigan’s first telephone system which began in Rockland. Daily, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. US-45. 886-2821.

 

Seney

Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The 95,212-acre federal refuge is home to more than 200 species of birds and a variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. Visitors can enjoy wildlife-oriented activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, guided interpretive programs and environmental education programs. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1674 Refuge Entrance Rd, 2 miles north of Germfask, 5 miles south of Seney. M-77. 586-9851.

 

South Range

Copper Range Historical Society and Museum. The site features materials pertaining to copper mining and life during the copper mining boom in the area. It also includes the heritage of the surrounding communities of Atlantic Mine, South Range, Baltic, Trimountain, Painesdale, Winona, Toivola, Donken, Redridge, Beacon Hill, Edgemere and Freda. Members, groups and youth 11 and younger, free; others, $1 Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m. 44 Trimountain Avenue M-26. 482-3097 or www.keweenawheritagesites.org

 

Wakefield

Wakefield Historical Society Museum. This turn-of-the-century home features two floors of exhibits depicting life when mining and logging were the basis of the area’s economy. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. CDT. 306 Sunday Lake Street. 224-8151.

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