Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
Muskegon’s aMazing Museums
Did you know that we have 16 museums in Muskegon County that offer local residents and visitors the opportunity to learn about area history, ships, inspiring art, industries, lighthouses and historic buildings, plus the people who made this city what it is today? Muskegon’s aMazing Museums (M3) have joined together to collaborate, share ideas, and work together to let our community know about the aMazing things to explore, enjoy and learn from the rich cultural experiences at museums right here in our community.
Some of our museums are seasonal, while others are open year round, so check their web sites or call for more information. All of them offer fascinating exhibitions, activities and special events, so check out Muskegon’s aMazing Museums and discover the exciting things to do right here in the Muskegon Area! M3_Explorers_Map
Passport To Adventure
Pick up a “Passport To Adventure” when you visit Muskegon’s aMazing Museums. Visit 8 or more of the participating museums and have your passport marked to be eligible for prize drawings on July 15, September 15, and November 1. Visits must be made between May 21 and October 31 and completed passports can be turned in at any participating museum.
C&O Railroad Caboose Museum offers a look into the railroading history of Montague and Whitehall. The C&C 9070 caboose was built in 1924 and restored in 2009. Hours: 9 am to 3 pm. Location: 124 W. Hanson St. Whitehall.
Dr. Meinhardi‘s Apothecary Shop is a restored early 1900s Whitehall doctor’s office and apothecary shop. It was moved to the White Lake Chamber of Commerce site in 2011, restored, and opened to the public in May 2015. Hours: 9 am to 3 pm. Location: 124 W. Hanson Street, Whitehall.
James Jackson Museum of African American History was developed by community people for community people. Its primary goal is to provide local historical African American legacy information that will instill pride and motivation for young African Americans.Hours: 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Location 7 East Center Street, Muskegon Heights
Lakeshore Museum Center Visit five locations for different ways to explore Muskegon County’s natural and cultural History. The “main” museum covers Muskegon’s history with unique exhibits and hands-on galleries for kids. The “Historic Sites” showcase the two Queen Anne homes of lumber barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume, a Firebarn Museum, and a soft-touch Depression Era home.
Lakeshore Museum Center 430 W Clay Ave., Muskegon 231-722-0278 www.lakeshoremuseum.org
Hackley-Hume Historic Homes 484 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon
Firebarn Museum 510 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon
Scolnik House of the Depression Era 504 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon
Michigan’s Heritage Park offers visitors an opportunity to explore 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting with historic encounters along a paved half-mile trail including a Fur Trade Post, Settlers Cabin, Civil War Camp, and 1900s Farmhouse. Hours: 10 am – 4 pm. Location: 8637 North Durham Road, Whitehall. www.lakeshoremuseum.org
Montague Museum preserves the historical heritage of the White Lake area, the surrounding area, and world-wide properties. The museum features artifacts in all visual forms through papers, pictures, and other objects. Hours: 1 pm to 5 pm. Location: 8717 Meade St. Montague www.montaguemuseum.org
Muskegon Heritage Museum promotes the preservation of Muskegon’s historic past and provides educational opportunities for visitors to learn about local industrial history and the homes and buildings of historical significance in the area. An Antique Engine Show will be featured at the Museum on the 21st. Hours: 11 am to 4 pm. Location: 561 W. Western Ave. www.muskegonheritage.org
Muskegon Museum of Art is renowned for its fine permanent collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings. Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian will be featured through September 10, 2017. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm, Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm. Location: 296 W. Webster Ave. muskegonartmuseum.org
Muskegon South Pierhead Light is a red steel lighthouse tower on the channel pier between Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. The first lighthouse was installed in the location in 1851. Hours: 12 pm to 4 pm. Location: 1431 Beach Street. www.michiganlights.com
SS Milwaukee Clipper is a 361 foot 112 year-old National Historic Landmark which was launched in December 1904 as the steam ship Juniata that called at Mackinac Island for many years. It was rebuilt and re-launched as the Milwaukee Clipper in 1940 and provided ferry service between Muskegon, Chicago, and Milwaukee until 1970. She is currently undergoing restoration to her 1941 configuration. Hours: 1 pm – 5 pm. Location: 2098 Lakeshore Drive. www.milwaukeeclipper.com
USS LST 393 Veterans Museum is one of only two LSTS (Landing Ship Tanks) remaining in the United States from over 1,000 built and put into service during World War II. History comes alive on a tour offering visitors an opportunity to learn about the technology of the ship, the living conditions WW II soldiers endured, and the history of local WW II veterans. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Location: 560 Mart Street. www.lst393.org
USS Silversides Submarine Museum was commissioned a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor and completed 14 combat patrols in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during WW II. She was moved to Muskegon in 1987 and has been maintained in its WW II configuration. The submarine and US Coast Guard Cutter McClain can be toured along with the museum building. Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm. Location: 1346 Bluff Street. www.silversidesmuseum.org
White River Light Station offers visitors an opportunity to climb to the top of the tower built in 1875 and wander around the museum and grounds. An original Fourth Order Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Location: 6199 Murray Road, Whitehall. www.splka.org