Rainy Day Ideas

Museums

Dennos Museum

"Come Alive Inside" is your invitation from the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, a premier cultural facility in northern Michigan, which offers you a dynamic array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences, and performing arts. Opened in 1991, the Museum Center features three changing exhibit galleries and an elegant sculpture court; a unique hands-on Discovery Gallery and a renowned Inuit Art Gallery; and the acoustic delight of Milliken Auditorium. Visit the Museum Store for great museum shopping including a fine selection of Inuit art for collectors.

Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-995-1055

Empire Area Museum

In 1972 the Empire Heritage Group was founded in order to preserve the Empire area's past. This has been accomplished with the aid of a large, dedicated volunteer staff and generous support of the local area residents and visitors alike. What began as a one-room display of memorabilia has grown to a complex of four buildings, unique to northern Michigan's network of museums. We hope you enjoy the more than 100 years of history they portray.

111544 La Core Street
PO Box 192
Empire, MI 49630
231-326-5519

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Marking the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse has guided sailors and their ships safely into the Manitou Passage, Straits of Mackinaw and Grand Traverse Bay for nearly 150 years.

Today, one can tour the restored lighthouse resembling a keeper's home of the 1920's and 30's. Exhibits on area lighthouses, foghorns, shipwrecks and local history are located in the Lighthouse and Fog Signal Building. The restored air diaphone foghorn is demonstrated throughout the year, and visitors can climb the tower for a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.

PO Box 43
Northport, MI 49670
231-386-7195

Great Lakes Children's Museum

The founders and leaders of the Museum declare that the Mission of the Great Lakes Children's Museum is to surround children and the adults in their lives with a hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environment that will invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation, and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.

Great Lakes Children's Museum
13240 S. West Bayshore Drive
Greilickville, MI 49684
231-932-4526

Leelanau Historical Society & Museum

The Museum is located at 203 East Cedar Street in Leland, Michigan, on the banks of the Leland River and two blocks from historic Fishtown and Lake Michigan. Leelanau Historical Museum exhibits reflect the cultural history of the Leelanau Peninsula and its islands from the time of first human habitation.

We welcome researchers to the Museum's extensive archives, which includes photographs, letters, manuscripts, government documents, and newspapers. The Museum also has significant collections of objects that represent the diverse cultures of Leelanau, including a comprehensive collection of Anishnabek traditional arts.

203 East Cedar Street
Leland, MI 49654
231-256-7475

Maritime Museum

The Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station Maritime Museum is located just west of Glen Haven. It is the original Sleeping Bear Point U.S. Life-Saving Station which was moved to its present location because the encroaching sand dunes were beginning to bury it in sand.

Glen Haven, MIĀ 
231-326-5134

Music House Museum

A one-of-a-kind collection of rare antique musical instruments and music- making machines, from 1870 through 1930.

Enjoy an hour-long musical tour that will explain/demonstrate the unique instruments: Belgian dance organ, nickelodeons, music boxes, and pipe organs.

7377 U.S. 31 North
P.O. Box 297
Acme, Michigan 49610
231-938-9300