Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Michigan Iron Industry Museum
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  • Camda
    Wellington, New Zealand888 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Well worth a visit, this museum tells you so much about the area where iron ore is so important and what part it played in the history of the area. We went as wanted to know more about our Cornish ancestors who came out to Negaunee to mine and bring their skills like so many in the late 1800’s. Best of all the museum is free and free parking. Emily was extremely helpful when we advised re our ancestors and offered to do some research whilst we looked around. Thank you
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Cindy M
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    This museum is a great follow-up to the Marquette Iron Docks. Watch the film first to get a better understanding of how iron ore in Michigan began. There are many excellent exhibits and several have great hands on activities for the kids. The gift shop has lots of affordable items for sale. The museum trail is paved and well groomed. We rated this museum as one of our favorites.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous small museum
    This is a first rate small museum. The Michigan iron industry is a niche topic but the museum absolutely nails it. Really good history of the industry from the early days to the present. Covers everything from the Michigan geology to the social fabric of mining communities. We’ve been road tripping our way across the Great Lakes region and it was cool to see things link up - like the extraction of iron ore locally, shipping out of the Marquette Ore Dock and transportation through the Soo Locks. Amazingly, there is no entry fee! Restrooms are very clean. We spent about 45 minutes at the museum. If we’d had time, we would also have watched the 20 minute film that is offered (for a token $1 fee), but we needed to be back on the road.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • MZ854
    Traverse City, Michigan57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to learn about mining operations and local history. First rate!
    Wonderful small museum with first rate displays, artifacts and an informative short film to provide an overview of local mining history. This was a first visit to the area, and the stop was a bit out of our way, but well worth the effort. Left with an in depth understanding of local and regional mining operations and of the lives and sacrifices of the early miners and settlers. Absolutely worth the hour or less visit. And the setting is lovely.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand888 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit, this museum tells you so much about the area where iron ore is so important and what part it played in the history of the area. We went as wanted to know more about our Cornish ancestors who came out to Negaunee to mine and bring their skills like so many in the late 1800’s. Best of all the museum is free and free parking. Emily was extremely helpful when we advised re our ancestors and offered to do some research whilst we looked around. Thank you
Written September 1, 2023
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MZ854
Traverse City, MI57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wonderful small museum with first rate displays, artifacts and an informative short film to provide an overview of local mining history. This was a first visit to the area, and the stop was a bit out of our way, but well worth the effort. Left with an in depth understanding of local and regional mining operations and of the lives and sacrifices of the early miners and settlers. Absolutely worth the hour or less visit. And the setting is lovely.
Written September 30, 2023
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Cindy M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This museum is a great follow-up to the Marquette Iron Docks. Watch the film first to get a better understanding of how iron ore in Michigan began. There are many excellent exhibits and several have great hands on activities for the kids. The gift shop has lots of affordable items for sale. The museum trail is paved and well groomed. We rated this museum as one of our favorites.
Written September 23, 2023
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Luvtotrvl96
Seven Mile, OH168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is easily a Michigan gem. We have visited before and always enjoy it. Admission is free— donations appreciated. The museum is part of DNR.
Everything you want or need to know about the history of iron mining in Michigan is here. If you get tired of the indoors, there are a few trails that look easy to follow.
Written June 21, 2022
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Bill W
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
We didn't have high expectations in visiting this poorly advertised museum. Wow, were we surprised and delighted. The museum contains a number of independently displayed artifacts, which is pretty much what we had expected. But it also has a large room with a bunch of related artifacts woven into a coherent presentation on life in the early iron mines and iron mining geology and technology.

We visited on a stormy day so didn't see much of the outside, but we saw enough that we wished we could have toured the museum's outside (it is built at the location of a very early and ultimately economically unsuccessful iron processing forge).

While the museum does not charge an entry fee, they do charge $1 each to watch a fascinating movie.
Written September 14, 2014
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Tim E
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is an exceptionally well done walk through the history of iron mining. What might initially seem like a mundane subject is brought to life with wonderful exhibits that can be enjoyed by young and old, techy or non-techy.
Written August 20, 2019
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RWhiteDen
Littleton, CO56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
I recently visited this museum while on bicycle tour. Loved it so much I returned for a second look. Extremely well designed with a perfect balance between the local human culture/community and the technological aspects of the discovery and iron mining industry years. This is a real gem and I highly recommend.
Written September 7, 2018
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Kevin P
Canton, Ohio, United States490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
There was a tour bus there with older adults. We got there with about 1/2 hour to close. The man told me to take my time as there would be staff there up to 1/2 hour after closing and not to rush. It was donation only. I learned a bunch about mining and the history of it as well as shipping and the role the UP played in the WWII. The gift shop there had interesting things to look at. My son got some iron pellets that I will use in my classroom. I could of spent longer time there as they have walking paths and trails on the grounds. My teens where kept occupied without the use of an Ipod or Cell so I was happy. I enjoyed myself.
Written August 23, 2014
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love2travel49022
Charlotte, NC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Wow! Places, people, industry, mining and shipping process, product all explained beautifully in this museum. Must visit in copper country up here in the UP. What a learning experience!
Written May 25, 2023
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Sophie_Linn
Portland, OR183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We were surprised by what a nice museum this was. It included a short educational movie, and many exhibits. And it was free!
Written October 4, 2019
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