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Michigan Historical Museum

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Address: 702 W Kalamazoo St, It's in Lansing, not Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI 48915
Phone Number: 517-373-3559
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Michigan's story is told, from early civilization to present-day, through a...

Michigan's story is told, from early civilization to present-day, through a variety of exhibits including "Precontact to 1900" and "Michigan in the Twentieth Century."

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Helpful Genealogy Department

There are several things to do in this building. Great Family Attraction. I visit the Genealogy Department every time I'm in town. They have newspapers on micro-film dating back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Arlene B
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Grand Ledge
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Grand Ledge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are several things to do in this building. Great Family Attraction. I visit the Genealogy Department every time I'm in town. They have newspapers on micro-film dating back to 1800's. And lots of genealogy books also. You can spend all day and it only cost parking. Great place to visit.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Each period of Michigan history was presented in a logical manner as you walked through the exhibits. There were so many things to see and much was relevant to me as I was raised in the '50s but spent time in (very) rural Michigan where times changed slowly. I still have some of the kitchen pieces passed down by my... More 

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Fenton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My dear wife and I chose to visit this museum as an inexpensive day trip. As seniors, the entrance fee was just $4 each and we were surprised with no parking fee (the parking system was not working). We had expected to spend 2 or 3 hours there, so arrived around 1:30 pm. We should have allowed more time since... More 

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Bellevue, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

To begin with, this museum has great parking. Once inside, the tickets are not alot of money. I could spend all day here. As you walk in, you get a sense of Michigan during the ice age. You then tour through Michigan as it progresses up to modern times. Gret fun and activities. Appropriate for children up to seniors. I... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Very well organized, everything is nicely displayed and the history of Michigan is told in a fascinating way, with something to interest everybody. It seems very well maintained and interesting, not just educational.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

I am a research genealogist and the Michigan archives are housed here. But only open from 1pm to 5pm. The staff were very helpful and ot was very up to date technology wise.It is a great museum of Michigan an it's history I spent seveal hours looking through the place waiting for the archives to open.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

I visited with a friend. The museum takes you through centuries of Michigan history, with many fascinating artifacts and great interpretation . I enjoyed the special exhibit on the development of the outdoor recreation industry in Michigan. Great stuff, from the voyageurs to the CCC and the last few decades. Plan to spend a few hours here; we ran out... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I visited this museum on a field trip with my daughter's class. I loved all of the exhibits, but especially the exhibits on Michigan's Native American history and the Motown era. The kids also got to visit a historical school house with letters from real children who attended similar school houses throughout our state's history. There were also several interactive... More 

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Holt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Loved learning about Michigan history. The 1st time I went was with a class of 4th graders and they all seemed genuinely interested! Went back with my family and took more time to wander around. Also love that Michigan newspaper archives is located there!

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Mason, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Taking advantage of being a tourist in your own town we stumbled across this museum that has been there since the late 80's. they had great displays spanning the last few centuries. the displays are ever changing so you won't always see the same things, however I'm sure some are permanent. I especially loved the giant piece of copper and... More 

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