Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Munising Area
Wetmore, MI 49895
Phone: (906) 387-4864
Fax: (906) 387-2038
Arts & Museums
Located on the shores of Lake Superior on Braziel Street is a unique little museum called Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum. Nestled within a residential neighborhood in an old house, the museum displays a huge collection of agate rocks from all over the world. Agates are a kind of crystalline silica, which are sometimes found along the shores of Lake Superior. Established first in 1954 by Axel Niemi, the museum makes for a great visit.
This unique place was built by cartoonist William Donahey in 1926 as a pickle barrel-shaped, summer cabin in the woods just outside Grand Marias. Much later it was moved into the town where it doubled up as an information kiosk, gift shop as well as an ice cream place. The Historical Society came by its ownership in 2003 when they restored the building to its original condition and converted into a museum. The 16 foot (4.88 meters) structure is two stories high and features a pantry, living area, kitchen and bedroom. The barrel-shaped marvel is now listed in the U.S National Register of Historic Places.
The proud maritime heritage of the Upper Peninsula is completely captured in this museum that, in some ways, almost comes across as a shrine to a by-gone era. Boats of every kind including steam barges, Mackinacs, fishing tugs, and canoes used by pioneer fur trappers, are all presented in wonderful detail. There are also loads of displays and exhibits crammed with maritime hardware such as ship's wheels, propellers and anchors. The tour through the museum is all self-guided. Timings for some days may vary, please call ahead.
The Museum offers a variety of exciting interpretive programs and exhibits throughout the year. Exhibits include the Cloverland Car Garage, Over the Air, the Incredible Journey, and the Wonderground. The Dino Store offers unique educational toys, UPCM clothing, snacks, beverages and lots more.
Located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library, the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center is home to a children's theatre program and presents monthly regional and national exhibits, a retail gallery, film series, special events, artistic classes and workshops and musical and lecture series.
The Oasis Gallery for Contemporary Art is run on a cooperative, non-profit, volunteer basis. The Oasis Gallery sponsors a new exhibit each month of a well-known or emerging artist.
Serving Northern Michigan University and the upper Midwest region with exhibitions, special programming and educational outreach, the DeVos Art Museum's two state-of-the-art gallery spaces host 10 to 12 exhibitions a year with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art and the permanent collection.
"The only fully operational planetarium within a 200-mile radius of Marquette," the Shiras Planetarium
Overlooking the Carp River and the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum features hands-on permanent and temporary "exhibits, audiovisual programs and outdoor interpretive paths that depict the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader." The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is home to a branch of the Michigan Historical Museum Store.
Exhibits relating to the area's history of logging, shipping, the railroad industry, military, Native American culture, surveying, sports, history, fishing and local businesses can be seen at the Delta County Historical Museum, open Memorial Day to Labor Day 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and in September from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Negaunee Historical Museum's three floors of exhibits include a 19th century living room, Negaunee sports memorabilia, an old kitchen, Native American artifacts, old dentist equipment, area mining information, a military display, railroad display, St. Paul's School display, and shelves of an old hardware store.