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Arts & Museums
Huron is a lightship that served the Great Lakes of Michigan for 50 years till 1970, after which it was turned into a museum ship. Bestowed with honors like being on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark among many others, the ship is well maintained and is a working ship, capable of serving even today. It was the last ship to serve the Great Lakes and now belongs to the City of Port Huron.
Established in 1987, Knowlton's Ice Museum of North America highlights the beginning of the natural ice industry. Located on Grand River Avenue in Downtown Port Huron, the museum features more than 5000 artifacts and various other objects like tools and equipments used in the early 1800s, giving rare insights into the progress of the ice industry.
The second satellite facility of the Port Huron Museum, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum is housed inside the historic Fort Gratiot depot built by the Grand Trunk Railway. This is the actual depot that Thomas Edison worked out of as a news butcher between 1859 and 1863. Exhibits, re-created period environments, interactive activities and a restored baggage car featuring a re-creation of Edison's mobile chemistry lab and printing shop when he was younger are just some of the things that can be enjoyed at the Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
A multi-purpose building open to the public, Studio 1219 is an arts incubator that features the largest public mixed-media art gallery in Michigan's "Thumb Region," a pottery studio, an educational department, workshop and class space, and opportunities for small arts related business.
Housed in the former Port Huron Public Library built in 1904, with funds from Pittsburgh-based steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Port Huron Museum was created in 1967 "in part to preserve the endangered structure, which was slated for demolition." Over 15,000 objects and archival items relating to the history, pre-history and culture of the Blue Water area can be found here. Two rotating exhibition areas, a local history gallery, an extensive musical instrument collection, the Lee M. Cooper Marine Gallery, the Frank Crevier Pilot House, a late 1850s log cabin, and more can be enjoyed. This museum also operates three other satellite museums - the Huron Lightship Museum, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum, and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.
A variety of video formats, displays, and speaker programs regarding current and historic events are offered at the Great Lakes Maritime Center. It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.