712 S. Huron
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone: (231) 436-5777
Fax: (231) 436-7023
Arts & Museums
Decommissioned in 2006 and docked on the eastern end at the old railroad dock in Mackinaw City; the 1940's Icebreaker Mackinaw is open to the public for tours.
Dedicated to one of the most iconic and important bridges in Michigan, the Mackinaw Bridge Museum displays documents, photographs and other ephemera about the construction of the bridge. Established by J. C. Stilwell, who incidentally had a hand in the construction of the Mighty Mac, the museum also features many tools and other equipments used to build it. Located above the restaurant Mama Mia, also a Stilwell project, the museum warrants an informative visit.
With more than 3,500 items, the Michilimackinac Historical Society-operated Fort de Buade Museum "houses the largest collection of artifacts and relics in the Upper Peninsula" relating to Native Americans, the French, British and American eras in the area.
A National Historic Landmark and a Michigan Registered Historic Site, this city-operated museum and park "portray a vivid picture of life in the Straits of Mackinac over 300 years ago when Ojibwa, Huron, Odawa and French lifestyles met at this protected bay." Museum of Ojibwa Culture's exhibits show Ojibwa Indian culture and traditions, the French contact period, and the site's rich archaeology. The on-site store "features area's largest selection of Native American books, music and locally-made certified Native American art and craft.
Inland Water Route is the waterway that connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan that spreads across the North Michigan region. Initially used by the native Americans, this waterway fell into despair after the railroad began on the same route. Inland Water Route Historical Society Museum (IWRHS) explores the history of this charming water route and houses pictures, artifacts and steamers that have traveled across this age old water route.