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.