Frankenmuth Historical Museum

Frankenmuth Historical Museum

Frankenmuth Historical Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Harrybobb
Christmas, MI8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This small museum, which was clearly a professional effort some years ago, now it is very dated, in poor repair, dimly lit, dusty, and just neglected. No doubt the pandemic has been unkind to this museum.
When I say dated, it is because the story told in the exhibits suffers from what ends up being a whitewashed and sanitized narrative. Perhaps most distressing is the treatment (or rather non acknowledgement) of the native peoples who were presumably displaced by the German settlers. One exhibit about the early period celebrates Ojibwe conversion to Lutheranism, a highly settler centric view of American History that no longer should be in an America that is moving beyond the myth of “Manifest Destiny.”
Several interactive exhibits (which were really not historical) are broken, and the use of audio is quite intrusive. Some of the main areas, trying mightily to find a story, instead become an overwhelming amalgam of text, artifacts and photographs.
Finally, in a short term exhibit, considerable space is given to the world wars with a very self-conscious denial of any local sympathy to the German side, rather than an honest telling of what must have been a searingly difficult time. Generic materials ensue, such as a brief timeline of the war, uniforms, and an outsized tribute to 5 Frankenmuth veterans killed.
All in all, it’s time for a reimagining of the museum, with a more honest and clearer story. It’s a very small museum, but could be the center of a visit. Let’s hope the city and state step up and fund to reimagine, rebuild, and then keep it fresh and updated.
Just a footnote: The story here is not one of deception but an acknowledgement that making a really compelling and educational museum is a very difficult task, inevitably influenced by the politics and time it’s created. But good museums are ultimately very much worth doing.
Written June 7, 2021
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I got to town late and first went to the historical museum but only looked at the gift shop. I was looking for a Frankenmuth book which they had. I didn't think there would be time to go through the museum part before they closed. In looking at the reviews now, maybe I did have time. Didn't realize it was so small. I did enjoy the gift shop and the staff member was friendly.
Written September 15, 2021
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Kathleen H
South Haven, MI5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Easy in and out. Could not find family bathroom. We loved the gift shop! Purchased some cute red white blue raggedy anns.
Written October 25, 2014
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Leif L
Ypsilanti, MI4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Most of my rating is based on the the fact that the museum seemed to be pushing religion most of the way through. It was epically offensive when one of the narrators spoke about how enthusiastic the Native American children were to be at the missionary schools. These schools were notriously traumatic for the children that attended them. If you do not mind disembodied voices trying to convert you and riping children from their families in an attempt at cultural genocide, this place is about worth what you pay for it.
Written August 12, 2015
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tymetraveler222
Bay City, MI6,819 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
We stopped into this small historical museum while having dinner in Frankenmuth on a weekday. We spent about 40 minutes here, and enjoyed the displays of early life in Frankenmuth. There are interactive/hands on exhibits, as well as narrated displays. It would have been nice to provide seating in each area that has the narrated displays, because there is not that much to explore while staying in the area to listen to the narration. Also, I felt the lighting was fairly poor in some areas, especially where you want to read the information! I realize some low lighting is there to provide safety for the documents from the environment, but you need light for your visitors to read those displays! We visited during the Titanic exhibit and that was very interesting and well presented. There is a small gift shop attached, and the best thing I found in it were the selection of books. Staff were friendly and helpful. $2 adult entry fee. Parking in back. Bathrooms available and clean. Entry can be accessed from street or back parking lot.
Written May 18, 2012
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Gerald D
Kentwood, MI792 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Worth the time for a brief tour. Set-up as "walk through" dioramas from various eras, and how residents lived. Some exhibits "hands on" for educational experiences by youth. Lumbering and trade exhibits interesting, even if one is not from the area.
Written December 29, 2019
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Johannawrites
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We didn't expect much when we saw how small the Museum was (the Museum store is also in the space) but were pleasantly surprised by how much was packed into such a small place. There weren't any other visitors so we could walk around the exhibits at our own pace and learn about the history of Frankenmuth. Highly recommend a visit.
Written November 6, 2019
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Annable55
Barie12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
It is a self guiding tour and we found that the audio guide went on to long. The displays were well done and lack of signage on the displays.
Written June 21, 2018
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CincinnatiGolfer43
Cincinnati27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Takes about an hour, or so, to visit here, but it is a nice place to review the history of the settlement of Frankenmuth.
Written September 25, 2017
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jsidebo
jsidebo44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
After 25 - 30 years of coming to Frankenmuth we decided to tour the Museum. We were very pleasantly surprised. It is a small museum but the 6 or 7 rooms were very professionally laid out. It takes you through the founding of Frankenmuth and on through it's history with more insight and details that what you hear on the riverboat tours of perhaps from your carriage driver. I wouldn't recommend this with kids but for adults it's well worth the $2 admission.
Written December 18, 2016
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