October 2017 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. 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

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.


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 mid-October. Daily, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. U.S.-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. 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.


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 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


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


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  $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.


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 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


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, and seven levels underground. Closes October 21. Prices vary. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 482-3101 or www.quincymine.com


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 4 p.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 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


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


Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center.

– Conserving the Land, an exhibition of the history of conservation in the U.P., will 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 younger; $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.

– Great Girls in Michigan History, celebrating nine girls across Michigan, will be on display through October 18.

– 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.


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. 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.


Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum. Ontonagon-area exhibits include an exact replica of the Ontonagon boulder. Museum tour $3; Lighthouse tour, $5. Tuesday through Saturday, 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.


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. Closes late-October. 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. Closes October 8. Daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. US-41 at the junction of M-26 to Eagle River. www.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. Closes in mid-October. 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.


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. Visitor center closes October 20. 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.


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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