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East Jordan Portside Art and Historical Museum, Elm Pointe at 1787 M-66, PO Box 1355, East Jordan, MI 49727, Phone: (231) 536-3416. The museum features lumbering and agriculture memorabilia. Collections include photos, information about families, ethnic genealogies, and early businesses. Open June through September. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts [Art Museum], 4000 Hwy M-137, PO Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643, Phone: (231) 276-7200.  We present some 750 concerts, visual art exhibits and theater and dance productions a year. Annual performers include students, faculty, staff and guest artists. Many guest artists offer educational opportunities for students through workshops, lessons and lectures. Includes Kresge and Corson Auditorium, Dendrinos Chapel and Harvey Theatre.

Historical Museums

Arcadia Area Historical Museum [Historical Museum], 3340 Lake Street, Arcadia, MI 49613, Phone: (231) 889-4360. Many artifacts, furniture and local history housed in our museum that is open from the 1st of May till Labor Day weekend.

Bay Harbor Museum [Historical Museum], 4160 Main Street, Bay Harbor, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 439-2620.  Adjacent to Petisley's Bay Harbor Marina District, our museum will have memorable displays from time to time and will be open to the public during business hours.

Bellaire Historical Museum, 202 N. Bridge Street, Bellaire, MI 49615, Phone: (231) 533-8943.  We house a collection of items relative to the community's origin, it's people and activities from 1865 to 1965. Exhibits document life in Antrim County through the years, including memorabilia about the logging era. Open June through September.

Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Avenue, Box 185, Benzonia, MI 49616, Phone: (231) 882-5539.  Featuring artifacts and exhibits of Benzie County history (logging, agriculture, railroads); as well as displays of Pulitzer-Prize winner and Benzonian native, author Bruce Catton (1954 for his books on the Civil War); the Ann Arbor Car Ferries, a General Store and more. Open Tuesday through Saturday, May through December. Also open on Mondays -- June, July and August.

Boyne City Historical Museum, 319 North Lake St., Boyne City, MI 49712, Phone: (231) 582-2839.  The Boyne City Historical Museum is a must see for anyone interested in Boyne City's history. We have many historical artifacts on display that have been donated to the museum. Admission is free. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center [Historical Museum], Mitchell State Park, 6093 East M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 779-1321. The story of hunting and fishing in Michigan from the early days of the Indians to the present. A multimedia auditorium has different programs. Native fish species for viewing in our wall-size freshwater aquarium. Group tours and guided hikes explore the 2.5 mile Heritage Nature Trail. 

East Jordan Portside Art and Historical Museum, Elm Pointe at 1787 M-66, PO Box 1355, East Jordan, MI 49727, Phone: (231) 536-3416. The museum features lumbering and agriculture memorabilia. Collections include photos, information about families, ethnic genealogies, and early businesses. Open June through September.

Elk Rapids Historical Museum, 401 River Street, PO Box 2, Elk Rapids, MI 49629, Phone: (231) 264-5692.  Historical displays representing the lumbering era, iron works and sailing ship industries are housed in the lower level of the restored Elk Rapids Township Hall. Picnic tables and located close to the beach. Open Memorial day to Labor Day, 1-4 p.m. on Tues, Thurs. Sat. and Sun. Other times and dates by appointment. Admission free.

Fife Lake Historical Museum [Historical Museum], 136 State Street, Fife Lake, MI 49633, Phone: (231) 879-3342.  Come visit the past with a farm house kitchen, general store display and more. The Historical Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission. Come visit us. You’ll enjoy it!

Harsha House Museum, 103 State Street, PO Box 525, Charlevoix, MI 49720, Phone: (231) 547-0373. We are located in a 1891 restored Queen Anne-styled home and contain unique local history. Photographs, documents, books and artifacts of the area. Charlevoix County maps and antique postcards available for sale. Research facility available using microfilm, computer, catalog and assistants. Scheduled tours that last about 1-2 hours, by appointment only. Tours also available through Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce at (231)547-2101.

Inland Water Route Historical Society Museum [Historical Museum], River Street, Alanson, MI 49706, Phone: (231) 557-2205.  The Inland Water Route Museum, opened the summer of 2006. Hours are varied, but mostly Saturday 12 - 4 pm, Wed 10-2 pm, and by request if possible. We are dedicated to the preservation of the Inland Water Route of northern Michigan, including the waters of Crooked, Burt, Mullett lakes, and the rivers Crooked, Indian, and Cheboygan. We are a small but growing museum. We have a few physical artifacts, and many photos. We have several small displays. A few items may be purchased, coffee mugs, placemats, etc. One item that may be purchased, is a reproduction of a marketing pamphlet, used by Atherton Furlong in marketing the Atherton Inn (circa 1885). This pamphlet is wonderful! and costs $8.95

Kaleva Bottle House Historic Museum [Historical Museum], 14551 Wuosi Avenue, Kaleva, MI 49645, Phone: (231) 362-2080.  The Bottle House is a popular tourist attraction. Built by John Makinen out of 60,000 bottles from the local bottling factory, today it houses the Kaleva Historical Museum. The hours to visit are Summer Saturdays from 12:00-4:00. Be sure to see this unique house which is on the National Historic Register.

Leelanau Historical Museum [Historical Museum], 203 E. Cedar Street, Leland, MI 49654, Phone: (231) 256-7475.  We explore the story of the settlement and development of the Leelanau peninsula and its islands. Special displays feature Leelanau domestic arts, traditional Odawa arts, one-room schools and barns. The museum's archives houses thousands of historic photographs, documents and books.

Little Traverse History Museum - Petoskey [Historical Museum], 100 Depot Court, Petoskey, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 347-2620. On Petoskey's beautiful waterfront this museum is in the restored Pere Marquette train depot. Exhibits feature Ernest Hemingway's life in Michigan, rare Odawa Indian artifacts and historical exhibits which include the history of the Little Traverse Bay region. Admission is $1.00 per adult.

Log Hunting Lodge Museum [Historical Museum], PO Box 548, Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231) 745-7892.  Open annually May 15 to Oct 15, you are sure to enjoy the museum that is dedicated to the virgin pine forests of Michigan and handcrafted by 200 masterpieces. Located on the Pere Marquette River, the beauty and the greatness of this lodge will make everyone realize the history of the forest in Michigan.

Manistee County Historical Museum [Historical Museum], 425 River Street, Manistee, MI 49660, Phone: (231) 723-5531.  This museum maintains the flavor of bygone days with fixtures and with fittings from the original double store built in 1871. Civil war mementos, pioneer exhibits, antique clocks, costumes, housewares, photos, and maritime and genealogy research are on display for all to enjoy when they come to visit our museum.

Music House Museum [Historical Museum], 7377 US-31 North, PO Box 297, Williamsburg, MI 49690, Phone: (231) 938-9300.  Music House Museum houses one-of-a-kind collection of rare antique musical instruments and music-making machines, dating from 1870 through 1930. Tours demonstrate a Belgian dance organ, Wurlitzer Theater Organ, nickelodeons, and music boxes displayed in authentic period settings and a unique musical gift shop. The Museum hosts chamber concerts and silent movies.

Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum [Historical Museum], 780 N Park Street, PO Box 27, Reed City, MI 49677, Phone: (231) 832-5431.  A historical museum that contains mementos and relics of Rev.George Bennard, author of the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross". It also features historical items from the Reed City area.

The Shrine of the Pines [Historical Museum], 8962 South M-37, Baldwin, MI 49304, Phone: (231) 745-7892.  The Shrine of the Pines is a world famous tourist attraction that is displayed in a Northwood hunting lodge, in a secluded, wooded spot on the banks of the historic Pere Marquette River. The Shrine is the home to the great lifetime work of Raymond W. Overholzer which display dozens of items like: A table made from a 700 lb. stump, with more than 60 inlays in its top! A rocking chair of roots so perfectly balanced it rocks 55 times with a single "start"! A fireplace constructed of 70 tons of native stone! Walking on the path you come across the Widows Cabin, looking through the pane glass window glimpse at a few of the more than 400 hand crafted souvenir items.

Spirit of the Woods Museum, 11060 US 31, Elk Rapids, MI 49629, Phone: (231) 264-5597.  Fun and educational! We have the largest private collection of Native American artifacts in the Mid-West. Not to mention the display of wildlife of all the Michigan animals, plus a few others that are not native but are interesting to see. Our displays are set up as if they were in the wild. We also have sound affects of insects, birds, and animals to listen too while your browsing around seeing everything from a life-size buffalo to the tiny weasels in the woods. We have puzzles for the kids to have them look closely for different things in the museum. Gift shop with something for everyone. Guided tours available. Open seven days.

This Ole Farm Museum [Historical Museum], 11459 Pavlis Road, Buckley, MI 49620, Phone: (231) 269-3672.  An active farm with attractions to educate and delight all ages. A collection of more than 3,000 antiques is on display. Guided tours and demonstrations of general purpose livestock farming are available.

Wexford County Historical Society Museum [Historical Museum], 127 Beech Street, Carnegie Library, Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 775-1717. We promote the history of Wexford County through displays, photos, printed material. Exhibits include an early home interior, a general store, post office items from the lumbering era, early fire equipment and railroad memorabilia. Originally built as the Cadillac Library. Group tours available during the summer from April 1 - Sept 30 on Wed, Thurs. and Sat from noon to 4 pm. In the winter (Oct 1 to March 31) on Sat. only from noon-4 pm.

Science Museums

Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4503 Fuller Road, East Jordan, MI 49727, Phone: (231) 536-3369.  We are a hands-on museum located in northern lower Michigan. Lifelong connections for children, adults, the center strives to link science, history, and the arts in a hands-on learning environment. The center includes a museum area, live exotic animals, a one room school and an art center.


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