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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.

Castle Farms

5052 M-66

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.

East Jordan
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
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.

Lake Ann
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.

Traverse City
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.


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