Museums in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet and Grand Traverse Counties
Visit one of the many museums in Northwest Michigan to learn about the area's history, see artifacts and much more! From depots, historic homes and villages to a children's museum, discovery center and music museum, there's something for everyone in your family to enjoy!
Alden Depot Museum
10670 Coy St
Exhibits and collections include local history and railroad history books, photographs, documents, artifacts and family stories which showcase these resilient, hardworking pioneers. Browse many photographs of early recreation and resort life around Torch Lake.
Bellaire Area Historical Society and Museum
202 N. Bridge Street
Bellaire Area Historical Society & Museum features displays of local history, civil war and villages.
Benzie Area Historical Society and Museum
6941 Traverse Avenue
The Benzie Area Historical Society and Museum features permanent exhibits showcasing virtually all aspects of life in Benzie County since its inception in 1869 as well as two to four special exhibits annually. They currently have more than 37,000 artifacts in our collection.
Step back in time with collections of toys, kitchen items, and daily life from the Great War era at the Castle Farms World War 1 Museum.
Charlevoix Historical Society Museum at Harsha House
103 State Street
The historical Museum at Harsha House features different exhibitions year-round.
Raven Hill Discovery Center
4737 Fuller Road
Raven Hill Discovery Center is a unique place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors.
Elk Rapids Historical Museum
301 Traverse Street
The Elk Rapids Historical Museum has a wide variety of exhibits, including replicas of the Township Hall’s old 1883 jail and the Elk Rapids iron works, vintage clothing, antique tools, local artist displays, old office furniture and machines, and more memorabilia.
The Almira Historical Society
19440 Maple Street
The Almira Historical Society is dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts that represents the history of the Village of Lake Ann and Almira Township. More than 1,500 local artifacts are on display.
Little Traverse Historical Museum
100 Depot Court
The Little Traverse History Museum is housed in the former Pere Marquette train station, built in 1892. It provides information and education on the history of the Little Traverse Bay area through programming, facilities, and archives.
Great Lakes Children's Museum
13240 S. West Bay Shore Drive
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum provides hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environments for children and the adults in their lives that invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.
The Dennos Museum Center
1701 E. Front Street
The Dennos Museum Center builds community, sparks conversation, and inspires change for audiences of all ages through its exhibitions, programs, and the collection and preservation of art.
Mission Point Lighthouse
20500 Center Road
Mission Point Lighthouse offers visitors a peek into what life was like around the turn of the century for lighthouse keepers and for others who lived and worked in the area at the time.
Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum
11060 S. US-31
The Spirit of the Woods Museum has been built over several decades with the goal of sharing the love and respect for wildlife and the outdoors with visitors. Diaramas with beautiful, hand-painted backgrounds feature a vast assortment of native Michigan animals in settings that mimic their life in the wild.
The Music House Museum
7377 U.S. 31 North
The Music House Museum’s unique collection of instruments provides guests with a walk through the history, artistry and engineering of automated music.