2980 Cook Rd.
West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: (989) 345-3503
Fax: (989) 345-4194
Arts & Museums
The Luckhard Museum or the Indian Mission was a Native American Christian mission built in 1849 to induct Native Americans into Christianity. The log is currently used as a local history museum and visitors can view some indigenous Indian antiques and artefacts on tours. The place was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Located on the Cedar Street, the Kalkaska County Museum was established in 1970 and is maintained by the Kalkaska Historical Society. Occupying the old Train Depot building in downtown area of Kalkaska, the museum is open between June and August, Wednesdays through Saturdays between 1p and 4p. The displays here are fantastic themselves, but worth mentioning is the National Trout Memorial in the building's compound. Depicting a huge trout, about 17 feet (5.18 meters) leaping from the water fountain, the artwork is rife with many state symbols including the state flower, the apple blossom and the state bird, the robin.
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Gaylord, MI, the Call of the Wild Museum is a delightful museum-cum-gift shop. Displaying animals common in North America like elk, whitetails, and many more in natural settings and backgrounds, the museum also features a small auditorium and a section of hunting tools. The family-run museum and gift shop makes for an interesting visit.
The Castle Museum is a splendid castle-like building built in Renaissance style. Constructed in 1898, to function as a post office, it was formerly called Castle Station or Saginaw Post Office. Now the headquarters of the Historical Society of Saginaw County, The Castle Museum features exhibits on the local culture and heritage.
Located on the Weiss Street in Frankenmuth is Michigan's Own Military & Space Museum. Dedicated to Michigan's soldiers, sailors and other war heroes who served in foreign wars of the United States, this unique museum was established in 1980. Housing more than 400 exhibits, each that tells a story about a soldier, sailor or an aviator, the museum is a tribute to all the sacrifices made in the service of a nation. It also aims to encourage people to support the Armed Forces and the families thus associated. Although a little different from most attractions in Frankenmuth, it makes for an interesting visit.
Chronicling the local history of the city, Old Rugged Cross Museum is located in the West End section of Reed City. Named after the famous hymn by Rev. George Bennard, The Old Rugged Cross, the museum displays a large section dedicated to Bennard's works and objects that were a part of his private home. Apart from this, the place also features a diorama of a prototypical Reed City home complete with a dining room, parlor, kitchen and bedroom. Other exhibits here include machines from the famous Michigan Cottage Cheese Factory, firetruck and firemen equipments from the '30s and ancient local farming tools. Open from May through Mid-October, this local museum makes for a great visit.
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is a facility that features not only historic exhibits but also works pertaining to science and art. It is widely known to promote art and local artists from Northern Michigan. Located on Johnston Street, the museum houses many interesting artworks including the famous eagle-head by artist Tom Moran who is known for his welded Iron Works. The museum is also home to educational communities teaching various forms of art, and a planetarium.
Home to a large collection of vintage music instruments and music machines, Music House Museum gathers and restores several types of automated music machines. Providing a peek into the history of automated music, the Museum educates its visitors about its impact on culture and technology of this region. Located in a renovated 12,000-square-foot (1115-square-meter) white barn, the Museum houses instruments like 1924 Wurlitzer Theater Organ and a 97-key Mortimer Dance Organ, among others. Visitors can not only see these antique instruments, but also hear them play. The Museum also sees special exhibits and concerts, and is one of the best Museums of Michigan.