Local Museums...Learn About History and More!

The West Michigan lakeshore communities boast numerous opportunities to learn about the area's rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum


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Ludington will now have a place where residents and visitors alike can step back in the past and learn about Ludington's maritime history. The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum will be housed in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ludington Maritime Museum building is in a prime location overlooking the harbor and will become a popular attraction in an already beautiful Lake Michigan city. Groundbreaking began in May of 2015 and the exterior renovations are now nearly complete. The talented exhibit designers are busily engaged in crafting some of the most engaging, captivating, and interactive exhibits imaginable. For more information, read our Port of Ludington Maritime Museum story.

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Historic White Pine Village

The Pentwater Historical Society Museum


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The Pentwater Historical Society Museum opened its doors officially on May 31, 2014. Previously the First Baptist church, the museum is already considered a town jewel, not just for its destination aspects, but because of the many exhibits in the Museum. They showcase the memories and events of many of Pentwater's current residents, and the people who grew up in Pentwater. Many of the items were donated by families in the area. The great thing about the Pentwater Historical Society Museum is that it showcases items that residents can connect to...old yearbooks, postcards and photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century, and artifacts from many decades ago, but not so long that people won't recognize or have a connection to those items. There is no cost to get into the History Museum, although donations can always be made. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4 pm through August, Thursday through Saturday, 1-4 pm September through October, and closed November through the winter months. For more information, read our Pentwater Historical Society Museum story.

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Historic White Pine Village


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Discover small town Michigan life in the late 1800s and early 1900s at Historic White Pine Village. Set upon 13 beautiful acres overlooking Lake Michigan, you can visit more than 30 museums that depict Mason County's history. Historic White Pine Village opened in 1976 with only 11 buildings, one of which was the first Mason County Courthouse, built in 1849. Many of the buildings are original and were moved to the village. There's something for everyone, as the exhibits encompass many areas of interest, such as maritime, lumbering, government, farm life, early education, business, health and more. Volunteer gardeners lovingly tend the landscape so visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery. For more information, read our Historic White Pine Village story.

Sandcastle's Children's Museum


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Sandcastles Children's Museum has been in operation since 2006, and first began as a "summer sampler museum." Visitation to the Museum has grown from 1,500 its first year to more than 20,000 annually since 2011. They first occupied a small building on South James Street, then moved to a larger facility four times bigger on West Ludington Avenue. Now they have found a permanent home in the former Elks Lodge, at the corner of North Harrison and Ludington Avenue. Through donations and many volunteers, the building has been renovated to transform it into a kid-friendly and sought after destination. The exhibits at Sandcastles keep growing, thanks to local volunteers. The exhibits invite hands-on interaction for children from birth to 12 years old. For more information, read our Sandcastles Children's Museum story.

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.


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Last Updated: 05-25-2018 02:09 PM ID: 1789