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Upper Peninsula Museums

A museum is a permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment, for the purposes of education, study, and enjoyment.  Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artifacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society.

Upper Peninsula Museums

Alberta Village Museum [Historical Museum], Route 2, P.O. Box 633, Baraga, MI 49908, Phone: (906) 524-6181 . Today the Center occupies 5,500 acres and consists of a conference center, research forest and the historic village of Alberta and sawmill museum. The Center is located just 42 miles south of Houghton, the main campus of Michigan Tech. The Center is conveniently located just 10 miles from the shores of Lake Superior. Situated in the middle of a vast and diverse forest, the Ford Center is an ideal year-round location for research, education, technical training, business workshops, meetings or reunions.

Baraga County Historical Museum [Historical Museums], P.O.Box 567, Baraga, MI 49908, Phone: (906) 353-6810. Everything from prehistoric to present day artifacts (including Bishop Baraga) in our collection. We also have information on the logging and the railroads in our area from years past. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Society and Wheels Of History Museum, [Historical Museum] PO Box 273, Bay Mills, Brimley, MI 49715, Phone: (906) 248-3665.  We are housed in a pre-1905 wooden railroad passenger car and caboose. Exhibits include photographs and artifacts of area railroads, early telephones, logging, fishing and Bay Mills Townsite. Gift shop in caboose. Free admission. Not open Mid-October to Mid-May

Cornish Pumping and Mining Museum [Historical Museum], 300 Kent St, Iron Mountain, MI 49801,  Phone: (906) 774-1086. The Cornish Pump is the largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the USA. It is a National and Michigan Historic Site.  The Cornish Pump  also displays a large collection of underground mining equipment. 

Covington Historical Museum [Historical Museums], Elm Street, Covington, MI 49919, Phone: (906) 355-2573. The Covington area was comprised of mostly Finnish & French immigrants who came to this area to make a new life. The Museum now houses artifacts from all aspects of life as it was in the early days of these immigrants. The museum has many displays including rooms from the homes, a school room, a men's work room, a bridal boutique, carpet looms, a hand pump gas pump, a fire truck, a store, farm equipment, logging artifacts and much more. The museum also offers a Genealogy Room where people who are interested in finding out more about their ancestors can search for this type of information.

Delta County Historical Musuem [Historical Museums], 16 Water Plant Road, Escanaba, MI 49829, Phone: (906) 789-6790

Drummond Island Historical Museum, P.O. Box 293, Drummond Island, MI 49726. Phone (906) 493-5746.  A "Hands-On-Museum" of the history of early settlers, Native American and Finnish artifacts. Fort Drummond display of the British era, marine and sportsman's exhibits, and a display of the early lumbering era. All housed in out new museum constructed of hand-hewn Drummond Island logs. Free admission.

Garden Peninsula Historical Museum [Historical Museums], State Street, Garden, MI 49835, Phone: (906) 644-2398.  Former one-room schoolhouse with community history on logging, fishing, and a classroom display located in Garden, Michigan. Genealogy library is also housed here. Open June - Labor Day or by appointment.

Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum [Museum, Specialty Shops], E21739 Brazel Street, PO Box 308, Grand Marais, MI 49839, Phone: (906) 494-2590. A small, profound and very different museum with a diverse mineral display of lumbering and commercial fishing items, a wide variety of Lake Superior agates and a worth-visiting gift show that has agate products and other unique items for sale. Open year round.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station, 18335 North Whitefish Point Road, Paradise, MI 49768, Phone: (906) 492-3747.  Take a trip back in time on a guided tour of the fully restored 1861 light keepers quarters of the oldest active light on Lake Superior or explore the haunting world of shipwrecks in the museum gallery. Artifacts from 13 local shipwrecks, the tribute to the Fitzgerald and the men lost with that vessel. Our theater shows a 15 minute video that tells the mysterious story of the sinking. Shipwreck Coast Gift Shop. The quarters features period furnishings, descriptive panels and artifacts from the days of the U.S. Lighthouse and Life Saving Services. The Crews Quarters are available year round for our overnight guests, when the museum is closed to regular visitors between Nov. 1 to April 30th, those staying in the Crews Quarters are entitled to a private tour and free membership to the Shipwreck Society.

Iron County Historical Museum Complex [Historical Museum], 100 Bardy Ave., PO Box 272, Caspian, MI 49915, Phone: (906) 265-2617. An historical museum with 22 buildings located on a former 1903 iron mine site. Features five outdoor complexes, two art galleries and a cultural center seating 500. There are frequently scheduled quilt, craft and art shows, concerts, plays and festivals. Featured on the national register of historic places. Open mid-May through October.

IXL Historical Museum [Historical Museums], W5561 River Street, Hermansville, MI 49847, Phone: (906) 498-2181. Welcome to the bygone era! Erected in 1881-82, this building stands essentially as when it was built. It presaged the building of the community itself. Quite possibly no other northern community, that rose out of the great timber era surrounding the great Lakes, has a richly preserved memorial as Hermansville, Michigan with it's IXL Historical Museum, once was the office of the Wisconsin Land & Lumber Co. Open for tours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Luce County Historical Museum, 411 West Harrie Street, Newberry, MI 49868, Phone: (906) 293-5562.  A restored sheriff's residence and jail. Features glass and china collections, many photographs, a small courtroom, and arts and crafts.

Marquette Mission Park & Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 North State Street, Saint Ignace, MI 49781, Phone: (906) 643-9161.  A national historic landmark, this museum interprets the rich archaeology and history of a 17th century Huron Indian village, Marquette's French Jesuit Mission, and local Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian traditions and contemporary culture. Exhibits, continuous videos, and live demonstrations by nature interpreters all help visitors explore this exciting chapter of the straits area history.

Menominee Range Historical Museum [Historical Museums] 300 East Ludington Street, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, Phone: (906) 774-4276.. 101 Turn of the Century Exhibits including country store, school room, Indian livery stable,Vvictorian parlor, farming trapper, etc. Listed in state register of historic places.

Museum Ship Valley Camp, 501 East Water Street, Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783, Phone: (906) 632-3658. The world's largest Great Lakes maritime museum! A 1917 steam-powered historic freighter. Explore the coal-fired steamer from engine room to pilot house. Maritime history comes to life through aquariums, lifeboats from the sunken Edmund Fitzgerald, exciting exhibits, photography, paintings, video presentations, shipwreck artifacts and models. There is an easy access ramping system.

Old Depot Museum, 150 N. Lowell Street, Ironwood, MI 49938, Phone: (906) 932-0287.  The depot was constructed in 1892 and was active during the iron mining boom days of the Gogebic Range which ended in 1966. The beautiful structure is built of sandstone and brick in Richard Romanesque style. This 100 year old restored railway depot is now a museum featuring iron mining displays and railroad memorabilia along with other artifacts.

Paulson House Museum, N6915 Forest Lake Road, PO Box 120, Au Train, MI 49806, Phone: (906) 892-8892,  Tour 1880's cedar log house, designed and constructed by Swedish pioneer Charles Paulson, original site of 1st schoolrooms in the area. Historic garden and exhibits that change constantly, gift shop, tools, quilts.

River of History Museum, 209 East Portage, Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783, Phone: (906) 632-3658. The museum features 8,000 years of history and culture with a sound system that tells stories about the past. Stories include information about glacial history, Ojibwa culture, french fur trader's cabins, British influence, 19th century expansion, and the Soo Locks. There are new exhibits every year.

Tahquamenon Logging Museum [Historical Museum], North M 123, PO Box 254, Newberry, MI 49868, Phone: (906) 293-3700  The Tahquamenon Logging Museum and Nature Study, located just 1 1/2 miles North of Newberry Michigan, invites you to come to their museum and park to explore the original buildings and memorabilia from lumberjack days of the past. Come and see the original C.C.C. buildings full of old photos, models and original logging equipment. Eat a real lumberjack's breakfast in the Authentic Cookshack made over a wood stove with home made care and goodness. Stroll along the boardwalk and nature trail and see part of the Tahquamenon Forest. The Tahquamenon River is nestled along this beautiful trail, where blue herons, ducks, birds and other wildlife abound.

Top of The Lake Snowmobile Museum [Museums], W11660 US-2, Naubinway, MI 49762, Phone: (906) 477-6298

Tower Of History, 326 East Portage Avenue, Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783, Phone: (906) 632-3658. An express elevator whisks you to the top of the 21 story structure to a spectacular view of the historic St. Mary's River, rapids, Sault Locks, and the International Bridge. See the twin cities and natural beauty for 20 miles. Telescopes are available, and this is a great place for camera and binocular buffs. The lower level of the tower features a mini-museum of Native American culture and a video of the early history of the area. Open mid-May thru mid-October from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

U.P. Steam & Gas Engine Museum, North Lincoln Road, UP State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, MI 49829, Phone: (906) 786-4011.  Steam-powered tractors and other agricultural equipment on display. Operating steam and gas engines. Village next to museum has steam-powered sawmill, south entrance of the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Open during the U.P. State Fair week-the third week of August and Labor Day Weekend.


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