June 2019: Museums

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

• Calumet Theatre. Both self-guided and guided tours of this historic theatre built in 1900 are available. Prices vary. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. 340 Sixth St. 337-2610 or 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. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 25815 Red Jacket Rd. keweenawheritagesites.org or 337-4354.
• 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.

• 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. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Off M-189 or two miles off US-2 at Iron River. ironcountyhistoricalmuseum.org or 265-2617.

• 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. Opens in mid-June. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. US-41, five miles east of Phoenix. 289-4990.

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. $16 per car, per day for Michigan residents, $9 for nonresidents. US-41 (one mile east of Copper Harbor). 289-4215.

• 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. Opens May 31. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Center Street. 355-2456.

• 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 are also on site. Prices vary. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. US-41, 12 miles south of Copper Harbor. 289-4688 or delawarecopperminetours.com

• Delta County Historical Society – John Beaumier Museum and Sand Point Lighthouse. Daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sand Point (at the end of Ludington St.). 789-6790 or deltahistorical.org
• Delta County Historical Society Archives. Written documents and pictures depict Delta County history. Information is available on early settlements, railroads, lighthouses, businesses and industries, churches and schools. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sand Point (at the end of Ludington St.). 789-6790 or deltahistorical.org

• 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 twenty-six station walking tour and a scale model of the original townsite. $16 per car, per day for Michigan residents, $9 for nonresidents. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 13700 13.25 Lane. 644-2603.

• 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 mineshaft. Prices vary. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 200 Adventure Ave. 883-3371 or adventuremine.com

• Seul Choix Lighthouse. The site houses a collection of maritime and historical items and displays. The tower is seventy-eight feet tall and still houses a working light. Visitors can tour the light keepers’ home, fog signal building and newly restored boathouse, see a movie in the thirty-seat theater and browse in the expanded gift shop. Prices vary. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Off US-2 (follow the signs). 283-3317.

• 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 Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1404 E. Sharon Ave. 487-2572.
• 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.

• 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 Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club and displays and information from the Ishpeming Historical Society and the Marquette County Genealogical Society. Opens in mid-June. 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 and Thursday, 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 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 kishamuseum.org

• Laurium Manor Inn. Self-guided tours are available of this 45-room mansion built in 1908. Prices vary. Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 320 Tamarack St. 337-2549 or lauriummanorinn.com

• Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center.
– Hollywood Comes to Marquette County, featuring the history of the making of Anatomy of a Murder, will be on display June 15 through September 28. – Wooden Boats Afloat, featuring stories of traditional boat building in the U.P., will be on display June 15 through September 28.
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. NMU. 227-1219 or nmu.edu/beaumier
• Marquette Regional History Center.
– Heritage Crafts Exhibit, featuring craft items from the History Center’s permanent collection, will be on display through September 26.
– The Origins of Wildlife Photography will be on display through 2022.
The museum includes interactive displays as well as regional history exhibits. Prices vary. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 145 W. Spring St. marquettehistory.org or 226-3571.
• Marquette Maritime Museum. The museum collects, preserves and presents maritime history. Many exhibits and guided tours of the lighthouse grounds are offered. Prices vary. Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300 Lakeshore Blvd. mqtmaritimemuseum.com or 226-2006.
• Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. A variety of interactive exhibits offer learning through investigation and creativity. Prices vary. 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.

• West Shore Fishing Museum.  Experience the life of an early 20th century pioneer fishing family at this stop on the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail. Tour the home and surrounding gardens. View exhibits of boats, equipment and practices of commercial fishermen and native Americans who lived on the west shore of Green Bay. 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 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 5:00 p.m. 110 W. Main St. 323-6608.

• 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.

• 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. 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 negauneehistory.org

• Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum. Ontonagon-area exhibits include an exact replica of the Ontonagon boulder. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 422 River St. 884-6165 or 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. $16 per car, per day for Michigan residents, $9 for nonresidents. Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4125 Boundary Rd. 885-5275.

• Hanka Homestead. This homestead encompasses forty 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 seventy 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. baragacountyhistoricalmuseum.com/schoolhouse.html

• Bammert Blacksmith Shop. The building’s exterior and interior have been restored and display the shop and equipment as they were at the end of the nineteenth century. Opens June 11. Daily, noon to 5 p.m. M-26. 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 has now been repaired and restored and appears as it did a century ago. Opens in mid-June. Daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. US-41 at the junction of M-26 to Eagle River. keweenawhistory.org

• 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. Opens June 11. Prices vary. 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 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. Adults, $1. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. 44 Trimountain Avenue M-26. 482-3097 or keweenawheritagesites.org

• 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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