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Address: 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48909-8240
Phone Number:
+1 517-373-3559
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The Michigan History Center fosters curiosity, enjoyment and inspiration...

The Michigan History Center fosters curiosity, enjoyment and inspiration rooted in Michigan's stories. Home to both the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan History Museum, the Michigan History Center offers experiences for visitors of all ages and interests. Admission to the Michigan History Museum is $6 for adults, $4 for Seniors 65+, $2 for children 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. There is no admission charge for the museum on Sundays. There is no admission charge for the Archives of Michigan. The Archives are open 1:00 - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday, and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday.

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Amazing variety of experiences--all for free

You'll look far and wide before finding a more interesting historical experience for Michigan; the 20th century exhibit alone is wonderful. I happened to be there for the opening... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You'll look far and wide before finding a more interesting historical experience for Michigan; the 20th century exhibit alone is wonderful. I happened to be there for the opening and can tell you the 60's section (complete with Motown sound) is a hoot. It also gives you a sense of the WWII effort and the Willow Run bomber factory, and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here as a family and it was educational, worth the time to do it once. my son had a passport book with several places here in Lansing that if he went to he could win some type of prize, so we took a day and toured several local small places.

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Thank rlegal78
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful way to spend the day. The library is right there too. I still to this day am unsure whether the towering pine tree inside the building is real or fake. I love Lansing and everything Michigan! Especially the historical fact that Michigan was the first state to outlaw capital punishment! I also know Michigan's birthday - since it... More 

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Thank Aerial N
Management response:

Hello Aerial, Thank you so much for your kind review -- we are so happy to hear that you found so many things to enjoy in our building! In answer to your question, the tree in the middle is a real white pine -- his name is Carl (named for landscape architect Carl Johnson). We hope you will come back... More 

Columbus, Indiana
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53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, we admit it - we're history museum junkies. While passing through Lansing recently, we took a couple hours to visit this museum and the nearby state capitol. It is a good museum that covers Michigan history from the pre-contact Native Americans through around the 1960s. There are sections on military history (Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and... More 

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Thank interceptpubs
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Thank your thoughtful and detailed review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will return in the future to see some of the new exhibits we are working on! They will be a great opportunity to show off more of what we have in our collection. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just to walk around and experience the sites. I enjoyed the personable attitude of the people. I also found the restrooms clean

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Thank Olivia S
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and interactions with our staff and volunteers. We hope to see you again in the future! More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

If you are a fan of architecture, I highly recommend the MCM exhibit-- really really well done!! My dad helped design Minoru Yamasaki's home while the firm designed the World Trade Center. Check out the second floor while there. The enormous map of the state and the Grrreat Lakes is impressive, as are the other displays highlighting our state's rich... More 

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Thank jeannacarina
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Thank you so much for your kind review! We are glad you enjoyed the Minds of Modernism exhibit and are happy to note that its run will now extend through August 27th, 2017 if you'd like to come back and enjoy it again! :) More 

Ionia, Michigan
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108 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

I love going to the Michigan History Center with time to roam, reflect and explore Michigan history... There are so many cool and interesting things to see and learn about the place we call home!

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

If you have not been the history that this build has in it will blow your mind and the information that it gives you about our State . A great place to take the family please visit the book store

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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

If experiencing Lansing and Michigan history is on your agenda, then this is a must visit. This museum covers several floors and effectively traces geological evolution of the State and the native tribes through the introduction of the area's early explorers and the impact of the industrial revolution. We have been many times and each time find something new including... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

My Granddaughters class was going to the museum for the day she asked me to come along. I had been before but it's such fun to see young people explore and discover. The kids were delighted when they saw a display that depicted something the had read about. They were busy as bees learning with their eyes and their other... More 

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Thank Charlene P
Management response:

Hello Charlene, Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are so glad your granddaughter and her classmates had so much fun while learning about Michigan history. We hope to see you at the museum again son! More 

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