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Circle Western Upper Michigan & Northern Wisconsin
Enjoy a peek into the past
Circle and see. Enjoy it all!
Preserved by 38 museums in the Northland Historical Consortium
Pioneers - Indians - Rail Roading - Farming - Trapping - Logging - Mining - Sailing

Visit the Storehouses of our colorful past. Indians, loggers, miners, sailors, farmers and trappers left their mark in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Northern Wisconsin. This heritage can still be felt and seen today. The Northland Historical Consortium welcomes you to visit Museums and Historical Societies preserving this history.

  1. IXL Historical Museum, Inc. Hermansville, Menominee County, MI - A unique museum erected in 1882. Step into the last century office atmosphere of large lumbering and flooring manufacturer. Large collection of records and artifacts. National Historic Site. Located at 5551 River St. (P.O. Box 162), Hermansville, MI 49847. Open 1-4 Memorial Day thru Labor Day. (Tel. 906-498-2181.)
  2. Menominee Co. Historical Museum. Menominee, Menominee County, MI - A beautiful old church, this Museum displays the history of Menominee County. Located at 904 11th Ave., Menominee. Open daily 10-4:30 CDT from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Closed Sundays. (Tel. 906-863-9000)
  3. Marinette Co. Historical Museum. Stephenson Island, Hwy 41, Marinette Co., WI - In downtown Marinette portraying its history, featuring exhibits of Native American culture, a trading post, logging & lumbering era. Restored log cabin farmstead and other historic artifacts & displays. P.O. Box 262, Marinette, WI 54143. Open Memorial Day thru Labor Day 10-4:30 Tues.-Sun. and by appointment. 715-732-0831
  4. Crivitz/Stephenson Historical Society. Crivitz, Marinette County, WI - A unique Museum opened in 1990. Exhibits trace early days of Crivitz area, its people and activities from the time of Native Americans to today. Located at 104 S. Oak Street, (P.O. Box 776), Crivitz, WI 54114. Open Wed.-Sat., 12-4 CDT June 1-Sept. 1. 715-854-3278
  5. Amberg Historical Society. Amberg, Marinette County, WI - Granite quarrying, logging, turn-of-the-century home, pioneer photo gallery, documents, needlework. Free admission. Located on Grant St., (P.O. Box 1), Amberg, WI 54102. Open 10-4 CDT weekends Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment. 715-759-5281
  6. Cornish Pump Engine & Mining Museum. Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, MI - Largest steam-driven pump engine built 725 - tons. National Register. Includes underground mining equipment/memorabilia, WWII glider, Ford displays, etc. Gift Shop. Located at 300 Kent St., (P.O. Box 237), Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Open 9-5 CDT Mon-Sat., 10-4 Sun. Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Call for spring and fall hours. 906-774-1086
  7. Menominee Range Historical Museum. Iron Mountian, Dickinson County, MI - 101 Turn-of-century exhibits with country store, Indian, trappers, li9very stable, Victorian parlor, schoolroom, etc. State Register. Located at 300 E. Ludington St., (P.O. Box 237), Iron Mountain 49801. Open 10-4 CDT Mon.-Sat. Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Call for spring and fall hours. 906-774-4276
  8. Florence County Historical Society. Florence, Florence County, WI - Historic courthouse and jail, both listed on the National Historic Register. Unchanged since construction in 1889. Located at 501 Lake St. (P.O. Box 162), Florence, WI 54121. Open May-Sept. 715-528-3597. E-mail:
  9. Crystal Falls Museum Sociey. Crystal Falls, Iron County, MI - Harbour House Museum. National Register. Victorian setting downstairs. Upstairs mining, logging, women’s, athletes’, veterans’, children’s, Ojibwa Indian rooms. 100 years of local newspapers. Located at 14 N. 4th St., (P.O. Box 65), Crystal Falls, MI 49920. 906-875-4341.
  10. Iron County Museum. Caspian, Iron County, MI - 22 historic buildings with exhibits, 1020 mining headframe on National Register, Carrie Jacobs-Bond House, world’s hargest miniature logging camp, cultural center & 3 art galleries. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-5 CDT June-Aug., May & Sept. 10-4 & 1-4. Located at Museum Rd. & Brady, (P.O. Box 272), Caspian, MI 49915. 906-265-2617. E-mail:, web:
  11. Lumberjack Special Steam Train Camp Five Museum Foundation. Laona, Forest County, WI - Historical & environmental complex, steam train to logging museum, active blacksmith shop, forest tour, nature center, animal corral, pontoon ride, gift shop, snacks. Open daily 11-4, June 18-Late Aug. Daily train schedule: 11, 12, 1 & 2 Mon.-Sat. None on Su. Located at 5480 Conner Farm Rd., Laona, WI 54541. 715-674-3414. web:
  12. Vilas County Historical Museum. Sayner, Vilas County, WI - Museum exhibits include 1st Eliason snowmobile, logging, military, musical instruments, fishing guides, Indian memorabilia, boat motors, household items, boats, and more. Located 217 Main St. (P.O. Box 217), Sayner, WI 54560. Open Sun.-Wed. 10-4, Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 Memorial Day thru Sept. 715-542-3388. web:
  13. Boulder Junction Area Historical Society. Boulder Junction, Vilas County, WI - Restored Milwaukee Road Depot containing local railroad items. Museum reflects life in the region with logging, fishing, Dr. Kate Newcomb and other historic memorabilia. Located at 5370 Hwy. M (P.O. Box 447), Boulder Junction, WI 54512. Open 10-2 Memorial Day thru Labor Day. 715-385-2400
  14. Knox Creek Heritage Center, Inc. Brantwood, Price County, WI - Oopen air museum, dovetail log sauna, 1892 Baptist church, 1900 house, logging and school museum, farm implements, R.R. trail. Country Afternoon 2nd Sat. Sept., 105; Midsummer Festival in June. Open by appointment June-Sept. N4517 W. Knox Rd., Brantwood, WI 54513. 715-564-2525, 2294, 2253, 2520, or 3185. web:
  15. Old Town Hall Museum. Fifield, Price County, WI - Price County’s logging era (1879-1930s) is remembered in exhibits and artifacts display in Fifield’s 1894 two-story Victorian-style townhall and auditorium. Office in Greenfield one-room school. Located on Hwy. 13 and W 7213 Pine St., Fifield, WI 54524. Open Fri./Su. 1-5 CDT June to Labor Day. 715-339-2254 or 715-762-4571
  16. Ironwood Area Historical Society. Ironwood, Gogebic County, MI - Turn-of-the-century CNWRY depot renovated for a museum. Dedicated to life on the Gogebic Range. Restoration is in progress. P.O. Box 553, Ironwood, MI 49938. Open 12-4 Memorial Day to Labor Day or by appointment.
  17. Wakefield Historical Society. Wakefield, Gogebic County, MI - Turn-of-the-century exhibits when mining and logging were the backbone of the area’s economy. Industry, church, school, home and people featured. Located at 306 Sunday Lake St., (P.O. Box 114), Wakefield, MI 49968. Open summer months 1-4 except Sun. & Mon. 906-224-1045.
  18. Rockland Historical Museum. Ontonagon County, MI - Mining and farming photos/displays/equipment. Section of Victorian Dam wooden pipeline, story of Michigan’s first telephone system started in Rockland. Furnished rooms - kitchen, dining room, parlor and bedroom. Gift Shop. Located on U.S. 45 (P.O. Box 296), Rockland, MI 49560. Open daily, 11:30-4:30, Memorial Day to mid-Oct. or by appointment. 906-886-2821. E-mail:
  19. Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum. Ontonagon, Ontonagon County, MI - Local history displays with photographs, tools, lumbering and mining equipment, replica of Ontonagon Boulder. 5th order lighthouse lens. Genealogical research. Located at 422 River St., Ontonagon, MI. Open 10-5 Mon.-Fri., 10-4 Sat. all year. Lighthouse tours available. 906-884-6165. web:
  20. Copper Range Historical Society. South Range, Houghton County, MI - This small museum includes mining exhibits, two showcase rooms of "a previous time" and other displays changed each year. Something of interest for all ages. Located in the former South Range State Bank Bldg., 44 Trimountain Ave. (the main street), (P.O. Box 148), South Range, MI 49963. Open June thru Sept. Mon.-Sat. 12-4. Free group tours available. 906-482-6125. web:
  21. MTU Archives & Copper Country Historical Collections. Houghton, Houghton County, MI - Open to the public, it makes available historical (published and unpublished) research materials on the Copper Country, the University and the Western Upper Peninsula. Located on the third floor of the J. Robert Van Pelt Library on campus of Michigan Technological University. Open Mon.-Fri. 8-5. 906-487-2505. (Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity institution/equal opportunity employer.)
  22. Quincy Mine Hoist Association. Hancock, Houghton County, MI - Designated: Q.M. Co. Nat’l. Historic Landmark District. World’s largest steam hoist. National Historic Engineering Landmark. Mine museum, gift shop and underground mine tours. Located above Hancock, MI. Mailing address: 49750 U.S. 41, Hancock, MI 49930. Open mid-summer 8:30-7. Call for spring/fall hours, May - Nov. 1 open. 906-482-3101
  23. Upper Peninsula Firefighters Memorial Museum. Calumet, Houghton County, MI - Preserving and making available to the people all procurable material, property and memorabilia pertinent to the fire history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Located at 327 Sixth St. (P.O. Box 503), Calumet, MI 49913. Open June 5-Oct., 12-3 or by appointment. 906-337-2575
  24. Copper Town Mining Museum. Calumet, Houghton County, MI - Exhibits on local mining history using original tools, helmets, patterns and other arifacts. Located at 25815 Red Jacket Rd., Calumet. Mailing address: 56638 Calumet Ave., Calumet, MI 49913. Open late May thru early Oct., 10-5 Mon.-Sat., July-Aug. also Sun. 12:30-4. 906-337-4354. web:
  25. Keweenaw County Historical Society. Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, MI - Operating the historic Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Museum complex, Phoenix Church, Knights of Pythias School, Miners’ Village at Central Mine, and the Bammert Blacksmith Shop. (HC-1 Box 165L) Eagle Harbor, MI 49950. Open 12-5 daily mid-June thru 2nd week in Oct. 906-289-4900. web:
  26. Houghton County Historical Society. Lake Linden, Houghton County, MI - 15-acre outdoor display, live steam train, depot, red schoolhouse, centennial church, three-floor museum. See, feel, touch things that supported life/industry from the fabled copper boom. Located at 53150 Hwy. M-26, (P.O. Box 127), Lake Linden, MI 49945. Open 10-4:30 daily, June-Sept. 906-296-4121. web:
  27. Isle Royale Natural History Association. Houghton, Houghton County, MI - Isle Royale National Park Visitor Center. Information, exhibits, gifts and books concerning the park and its natural and cultural history. Located at 800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931. Open 8-6 Mon.-Sat. June-Aug., 8-4:30 Sept-May. 800-678-6925. web: e-mail:
  28. Painesdale Mine & Shaft Inc. Painesdale, Houghton County, MI - Tour historic Champion #4 Rock shafthouse, rich in copper mining history. Experience the early mining atmosphere, view historic artifacts, tour the hoist building. No fees, donations accepted. Shafthouse Rd. (P.O. Box 332), Painesdale, MI 49955. 906-482-8313 or 482-6642. web:
  29. Chassel Heritage Center. Chassell, Houghton County, MI - Home of the Friends of Fashions Vintage Clothing Collection. Showcasing fashion trends determined by everyday culture. Also Chassell Township History Museum preserving lumber mill communities’ heritage. Located at 42373 Hancock St., (P.O. Box 331), Chassell, MI 49916. Open summer months Tues. and Thurs. 906-523-1155 or 523-4612.
  30. U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame & Museum. Ishpeming, Marquette County, MI - National Ski Museum, Roland Palmedo National Ski Library, Archives of U.S. Ski Association. Historical displays. Gift shop. Located at stoplight on U.S. 41, (P.O. Box 191), Ishpeming, MI 49849. Open June 1-Sept. 30, 10-5 Mon.-Sat., 12-5 Sun. Oct. 1-May 31, 10-5, Mon.-Sat., closed Sundays. Nominal admission fee. 906-485-6323
  31. Michigan Iron Industry Museum Dept. of History, Arts and Libraries. Negaunee, Marquette County, MI - Overlooking the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior Region, the museum interprets Michigan’s rich iron mining heritage through exhibits, audio-visual programs and outdoor interpretive paths. Located at 73 Forge Road, Negaunee, MI 49866. Open daily 9:30-4:30 May thru Oct. 906-475-7857. web:
  32. Forsyth Township Historical Museum. Gwinn, Marquette County, MI - Showcasing the history of Forsyth Township’s iron mining communities including the unique model town of Gwin nbuilt in 1908 by CCI president William Gwinn Mather. National Register. Located at 108 N. Pine St. (P.O. Box 815) Gwinn, MI 49841. Open July 4-Aug. 31 or by appointment. 906-346-5412 or 346-3237. E-mail:
  33. Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. Marquette, Marquette County, MI - NMU and area archival collections including the letter, papers, etc. of Author John Voelker. Labor archives of Central U.P. & Michigan local government depository. Located at 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. Open all year, 10-5, Mon.-Fri. 906-227-1225. web:
  34. Marquette County History Museum. Marquette, Marquette County, MI - Exhibits depict cultural, social and economic history of the Central Upper Peninsula, including fur trade, Native Americans, mining and pioneers. Gift shop features handcrafted artwork. Located at 213 Front St., Marquette, MI 49855. Open all year, 10-5, Mon.-Fr. Summers Sat. 11-4. 906-226-3571. web:
  35. Marquette Maritime Museum. Marquette, Marquette County, MI - 1866 Marquette Harbor Lighthouses. Largest collection of Fresnel lenses in Great Lakes - biggest lens over 10 feet tall, ever used on Lakes. Additional nautical exhibits. 300 Lakeshore Dr. (P.O. Box 1096), Marquette, MI 49855. Open May 1-Oct. 31, 10-5. 906-226-6014. web:
  36. Alger County Heritage Center. Munising, Alger County, MI - Alger County Historical Society Heritage Center. Includes local history, artifacts and archives. Many displays and gift shop. Includes fur trader’s cabin overlooking Lake Superior. Located at 1426 Washington St., Munising, MI 49862. Open 10-5 Mon.-Fri. 906-387-4308
  37. Delta County Historical Soc. & Lighthouse. Escanaba, Delta County, MI - Four buildings: Sand Point 1867 Lighthouse. National Register. Interior furnished, marine exhibits. Tower visits permitted. Admission fee. Museum. Displays on living conditions, surveying, timber industry, woodworking, model lumber camp and others. Walk thru exhibit of Coast Guard. Open June 1-Aug. 31 9-5 daily, Sept 1-5. 906-786-3428. Archives: 19th and 20th C. newspapers, maps, family papers, business, county and city records. Open 1-5 Mon.-Fri. June 1-Sept. 30, 1-6 all year or for appointment for tours. 906-789-6790. Located at Ludington Park (P.O. Box 484), Escanaba, MI 49829.

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