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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.

Museums

Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Society and Wheels Of History Museum, PO Box 273, 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

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.

Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum, 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Weird Michigan Wax Museum, N 895 Martin Lake Road, Moran Township, MI 49833, Phone: (906) 298-1769

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