December 2015 Museums

Big Bay

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



Calumet Theatre. Both self-guided and guided tours of this historic theatre built in 1900 are available. Self-guided tours: youth two and younger, free; three to fifteen, $2; adults, $4. Guided tours: youth two and younger, free; three to fifteen, $3; adults, $6. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m. 340 Sixth Street. 337-2610 or

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 Road. 281-7625.



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, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sand Point (at the end of Ludington Street). 789-6790 or

Sand Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse has been restored to the way it looked when first built in 1867. Interior rooms contain nineteenth century furnishings and photographs, books, newspaper articles and other memorabilia of the lighthouse. Visitors can climb the tower. Prices vary. Admission includes lighthouse and museum. Daily, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sand Point (end of Ludington Street). 789-6790.



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. Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1404 East Sharon Avenue. 487-2572 or

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 5:00 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m. 105 Huron Street. 482-7140.

MTU Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections. Features a variety of historical memorabilia, highlighting life in the Copper Country. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lower level of the J.R. Van Pelt Library, MTU. 487-3209.



Ishpeming Area Historical Society Museum. New exhibits include a military exhibit and artifacts from the Elson Estate. Donations appreciated. Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. Gossard Building, Suite 303, 308 Cleveland Avenue.

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, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. US-41 and Third Street. 485-6323 or


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, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 402 Third Street. 362-3531 or



Laurium Manor Inn. Self-guided tours are available of this forty-five-room mansion built in 1908. Youth four and younger, free; students, $4; adults, $7. Daily, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 320 Tamarack Street. 337-2549 or



Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center.

– Off the Grid, featuring exhibits about the quest of people to live a self-sufficient lifestyle in the Upper Peninsula, will be on display through December 31.

Three separate collections focus on cultural artifacts relating to ethnic, religious and social diversity in the U.P. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Room 105, Cohodas Building, NMU. 227-1219 or

Marquette Regional History Center.

– Henry Ford in the U.P., featuring artifacts and photographs from museums and private collections highlighting Ford’s impact on the Upper Peninsula, will be on display through January 2, 2016.

The museum includes interactive displays as well as regional history exhibits. Youth twelve and younger, $2; thirteen to eighteen, $3; seniors, $6; adults, $7. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 145 West Spring Street. 226-3571 or

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. A variety of interactive exhibits offer learning through investigation and creativity. Youth younger than two, free; three and older, $5. Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. 123 West Baraga Avenue. 226-3911 or



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 3:00 p.m. 1496 Washington Street. 387-4308.



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 ten museums and historic sites administered by the Michigan Historical Center. Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 73 Forge Road. 475-7857.



Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum. Ontonagon-area exhibits include an exact replica of the Ontonagon boulder. Youth fourteen and younger, free; adults, $3. Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 422 River Street. 884-6165 or



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