October 2015 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. Closed in mid-October. Prices vary. Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 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 Road. 345-9957.

 

Calumet

  •  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 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. Closes in mid-October. Youth five and younger, free; six to fifteen, $2; adults, $4. Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 25815 Red Jacket Road. 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 Road. 281-7625.

 

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. Closes in early October. Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. US-41, five miles east of Phoenix. 289-4990 or www.keweenawhistory.org/central.html

 

Copper Harbor

  •  Fort Wilkins State Park. Built in 1844, this fort is a well-preserved, nineteenth 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. Closes in mid-October. Daily, 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Recreation passport required. Motorcycles, $5; vehicles, $11. US-41 (one mile east of Copper Harbor). 289-4215.

 

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. Closes in mid-October. Youth five and younger, free; youth six to twelve, $7; thirteen and older, $11. Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. US-41, twelve 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, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sand Point (at the end of Ludington Street). 789-6790 or www.deltahistorical.org
  •  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.

 

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 twenty-six station walking tour and a scale model of the original townsite. Closes in mid-October. Recreation passport required. Motorcycles, $5; vehicles, $11. Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 13700 13.25 Lane. 644-2603 or www.michigan.gov/fayettetownsite

 

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. Closes in mid-October. Tour prices vary. Youth six and younger, free; seven to twelve, $7; thirteen and older, $12.50. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Twelve miles east of Ontonagon, off of M-38. 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 seventy-eight 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 thirty-seat theater and browse in the expanded gift shop. Closes in mid-October. Free to tour the grounds, $2 per person to climb the tower. Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. Closes October 17. Youth five and younger, free; six to twelve, $10; thirteen and older, $20. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 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. Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1404 East Sharon Avenue. 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 Friday, 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

  •  Ishpeming Area Historical Society Museum. New exhibits include a military exhibit and artifacts from the Elson Estate. Donations appreciated. Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. 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 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, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 402 Third Street. 362-3531 or www.kishamuseum.org

 

Laurium

  •  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 www.lauriummanorinn.com

 

Marquette

  •  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 open October 17.

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 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. Closes in mid-October. Museum or lighthouse tour: $3 for children younger than twelve, $5 for adults. Both tours: $5 for children younger than twelve, $9 for adults. Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 300 Lakeshore Boulevard. 226-2006 or www.mqtmaritimemuseum.com
  •  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 www.marquettehistory.org

  •  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 www.upchildrensmuseum.com

 

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 3:00 p.m. 1496 Washington Street. 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 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

  •  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 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. Recreation passport required. Motorcycles, $5; vehicles, $11. Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 4125 Boundary Road. 885-5275.

 

Pelkie

  •  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. Closes in mid-October. Free for youth twelve and younger, $3 for adults. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. Hanka Road. 338-2650 or 353-6239.

 

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 nineteenth century. Closes October 11. Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. Closes October 11. Daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. Closes in mid-October. Youth younger than five, free; five to twelve, $2; adults, $5. Daily, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 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. Closes in late October. 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. Vistor center closes October 20. Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1674 Refuge Entrance Road, two miles north of Germfask, five miles south of Seney. M-77. 586-9851.

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