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Address: 430 W. Clay Ave., Muskegon, MI
Phone Number: 2317220278
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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West Michigan's history up close and personal

Outstanding perspective on Muskegon's history, with exhibits that appeal to adults and children alike. Where else will you see in one (large) space a mastodon, a loggable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Phil S
Muskegon, United States
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Muskegon, United States
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Outstanding perspective on Muskegon's history, with exhibits that appeal to adults and children alike. Where else will you see in one (large) space a mastodon, a loggable original-growth pine tree, a sawmill, a gas station and an 18th century home?

Thank Phil S
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

A great, small local museum with interesting artefacts & chronologies of the area. Friendly & helpful staff. A mixture of static informative displays and some hands on.

1 Thank RPM9
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

We visit this free museum every year we visit Muskegon. Our teenage daughter actually enjoys it and makes sure we go every trip. It is a two-story building that houses mostly permanent displays and renderings of the local history. The main gallery seems to change once per year, but we believe it was the same this year as last. Proper... More 

Thank threesooners1
Detroit, Michigan
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We parked on Clay Ave and we walked to the Lakeshore Museum Center, Fire Barn Museum and Scolnik House of the Depression Era. They are ok and they are all free so it's worth stopping by. We did the Hackley & Hume houses before which are only 2 blocks away and i highly recommend visiting.

Thank Mouzouris
House Springs, Missouri
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44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We missed the Lakeshore museum but toured their 4 historic sites. The Fire Barn (so named because it was built before fire trucks were used), is an interesting look at early firefighting. Kids of all ages will enjoy it. We also toured the house next door and the 2 Victorian mansions on the next street. All are worth the tours.... More 

1 Thank Evelyn N
Memphis, Tennessee
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A free admission museum with all types of history about the about the Muskegon area. Highlighted are areas about the growth of the area, local industry, schools, politics, athletics, etc, etc. Well worth visiting, allow 60-90 minutes.

Thank Michael S
Muskegon, Michigan
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93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Lakeshore Museum has so much to offer! We took a group of 9 youth to visit the exhibits and they enjoyed it! They especially loved the hands-on science and body exhibits. I would strongly encourage everyone to visit this hidden Muskegon gem!

1 Thank Lisa D
Holland, Michigan
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Small museum in downtown Muskegon with a variety of exhibits, many of which are geared toward pre-teens. The exhibit on the history/development of the city of Muskegon was very interesting with information about the geographic, business, and cultural growth of the city. There was a small theater with some video choices but we couldn't get any to play, and some... More 

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Parsippany, NJ
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192 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by this little gem in town! There was an interesting temporary exhibit about Charles Shulz and the Peanuts gang. Well done - especially for kids. There were approximately 10 videos to view (we had time only for 3) about the history of western Michigan - VERY well done!!

Thank LLiv-NewJersey
New Albany, Indiana, United States
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This review is only for the museum itself and not the restored homes and fire barn, which we unfortunately didn't have the time to tour. We stopped in at the museum as an afterthought on an overcast morning on our recent beach trip and we were very pleasantly surprised! Considering the free admission this is quite the find! It is... More 

1 Thank Amanda S

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