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Historic House Museums in Michigan

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for Michigan current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in Michigan that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Concord

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Mann House

205 Hanover Street
Concord, MI  49237
Phone: (517) 373-1359

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Free
Hours: See their website

Not far from Michigan's urban centers is a small town where two sisters grew up in the late 19th century. Discover their Victorian home, sleighs, gardens and other artifacts of their genteel upbringing.

Dearborn

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Dearborn Historical Museum

915 Brady
Dearborn, MI  48124
Phone: (313) 565-3000

Year Built:
Admission Price: call for info
Hours: call for info

The museum consists of three buildings including the McFadden-Ross House that dates from the early 1800s. It is furnished in period. The Exhibit Annex has craft shops, wagons and buggies.

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Fair Lane

4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI  48128
Phone: () -

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

Currently closed for restoration - The Henry Ford Estate - Fair Lane, a National Historic Landmark, is the former home of automaker Henry Ford and his wife Clara. Construction on their private retreat was started in 1914 and the Fords lived their until their deaths in 1947 and 1950.

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Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI  48124
Phone: (313) 982-6001 • Toll Free: (800) 835-5237

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Spread over 81 acres are some 80 historic homes, workplaces, and community buildings moved to the site from all over the U.S.

Detroit

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Motown Historical Museum

2648 W. Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI  48208
Phone: (313) 875-2264

Year Built:
Admission Price: see their website
Hours: see their website

This old brick home is where Berry Gordy, Jr. Developed the "Motown" sound with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.

Escanaba

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Sand Point Lighthouse

Ludington Park
Escanaba, MI  49829
Phone: (906) 789-6790

Year Built: 1867
Admission Price: call for info
Hours: call for info

Sandpoint Lighthouse is open to the public and it includes the keeper's house which is furnished in period.

Fayette

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Historic Fayette Townsite

Fayette State Park
Fayette, MI  49835
Phone: (906) 644-2603

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

This preserved ghost town was founded in 1866 by Jackson Iron Co manager Fayette Brown. The town thrived while there was iron to smelt, but it was abandoned in 1891.

Flint

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Historic Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railro

6140 Bray Road
Flint, MI  48505
Phone: (810) 736-7100 • Toll Free: (800) 648-7275

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

The restored Genesee County community of 1860 to 1880 includes several residences and a number of craft shops.

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Whaley Historic House Museum

624 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI  48503
Phone: (810) 471-4714

Year Built: 1885
Admission Price: Adults $5, Students $3
Hours: See their website

Whaley House was the residence of the Robert J. and Mary McFarlan Whaley from 1885 to 1925. During Mr. Whaley's presidency of Citizens Bank, he issued a $2,000 loan to the Flint Road Cart Company. This loan led to the creation of General Motors in Flint in 1908. Whaley House mission is to educate visitors about the legacy of the Whaley family, life in 19th century Flint, and historic preservation.

Grand Rapids

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Myer May House

450 Madison Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids , MI  49503
Phone: (616) 246-4821

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 10-2 Tue & Thu, 1-5 Sun

Designed by America's most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Meyer May House was commissioned in 1908 by a prominent Grand Rapids, Mich., clothier. An example of Wright's now-famous Prairie style of architecture, it was restored to its original concept by Steelcase and opened for visitor tours in 1987. The Meyer May House offers the public a rare opportunity to view a totally designed living environment, a composition of light, planes, and space just as Wright envisioned it in 1908.

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Voigt House

115 College Ave. SE
Grand Rapids , MI 
Phone: (616) 456-3977

Year Built: 1896
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Only open for special events

The Voigt House Victorian Museum, a property of the Public Museum, is a rare "time capsule" showing what life was like for a prominent local family over a hundred years ago. The three-story brick mansion was completed in 1896 and occupied by members of the Voigt family for nearly 76 years.

Grass Lake

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Waterloo Area Farm Museum

13493 Waterloo Munith Road
Grass Lake, MI  49240
Phone: (517) 596-2254

Year Built: 1880
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

A visit to the Farm Museum and tour includes a complex of farm buildings including the restored ten-room Farmhouse dating from 1855. In the Farmhouse kitchen you will be greeted by the delicious smells of Sunday dinner being readied for the dining room table. A docent in every room will be your guide as you tour the house set with utensils, furniture, clothing, and other household items of the time. There will demonstrations of butter making in the Spring House, hearth cooking in the Log House, brick-oven baking in the Bake House, and blacksmithing in the workshop.

Grosse Pt Shores

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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

1100 Lake Shore Road,
Grosse Pt Shores, MI  48236
Phone: (313) 884-4222

Year Built: 1930
Admission Price: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children 6-12 $8, 5 and
Hours: Sun 12-4, Tue - Sat 10-4, Apr - Dec

The Fords built their home as a place where they could integrate their family's activities and interests with global business responsibilities and concern for the local community. The home, its contents and grounds, along with the legacy left by the Fords, all reflect the important role that design excellence played in the family's lives.

Hastings

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Historic Charlton Park

2545 S. Charlton Park Rd.
Hastings, MI  49058
Phone: (269) 945-3775

Year Built:
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Daily 9am to 4pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day

The complex has 16 buildings in its recreated village, some original and others reconstructions. They are furnished in period.

Ionia

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The John C. Blanchard House

251 East Main St.
Ionia, MI  48846
Phone: (616) 527-4945

Year Built: 1880
Admission Price: $3 donation asked for.
Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays May thru August

1880-81 home centered on a 1-acre lot, listed in both the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites. Constructed of two-course brick, locally fired, veneered with pink variegated Ionia sandstone,structurally unchanged since it was built. Original woodwork and chandeliers throughout.

Jackson

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Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History

3225 Fourth Street
Jackson, MI  49203
Phone: (517) 787-2320

Year Built:
Admission Price: see their website
Hours: see their website

Visitors are invited to tour Ella Sharp's 19th-century Hillside Farmhouse, the Dibble One-Room Schoolhouse, Eli Stilson's Log House and the Merriman-Sharp Tower Barn. Other exhibits down Farm Lane include a woodworking shop, doctor's office, general store and print shop. And the farm's original granary is now Ella's Granary Restaurant.

Jenison

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Jenison Museum

28 Port Sheldon
Jenison, MI 
Phone: (616) 457-4398

Year Built: 1902
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Take a journey back in time to the turn of the century. Explore the house built in 1902 for Margaret Husband, a bookkeeper for the Jenison twins, Lucius and Luman. Furnished with items owned by Margaret Husband. Displays include medical instruments, a working 5'cash register from the L&L Store and a Morning Glory Talking Machine.

Mackinac Island

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Fort Mackinac

7127 Huron Road
Mackinac Island, MI  49757
Phone: (906) 847-3328

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The restored 18th and 19th century military outpost has 14 buildings are original. Costumed guides offer reenactments. The Biddle House contains original 19th century furnishings, and the McGulpin House is a fine example of French-Canadian architecture.

Mackinaw City

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Colonial Michilimackinac

102 W. Straits Avenue
Mackinaw City, MI  49701
Phone: (231) 436-4100

Year Built: 1715
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Built by the French in 1715, it was occupied by British forces from 1761 to 1781. Among the many buildings are a priest's home and a traders house. Both are furnished in period. Costumed reenactments add to the atmosphere.

Marshall

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Honolulu House

107 N. Kalamazoo Ave.
Marshall, MI  49068
Phone: (269) 781-8544

Year Built: 1860
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Built in 1860 by a chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court who later became U.S. Consul to Hawaii. The house is thought to be a duplicate of his Hawaiian home.

Muskegon

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Hackley and Hume Historic Site

484 W. Webster Ave.
Muskegon, MI  49440
Phone: (231) 722-0278

Year Built: 1889
Admission Price: $3 for Adults, children 12 and under are free.
Hours: 12 - 4, Wed-Sun, May - Oct

This site preserves the homes of Muskegon's most famous lumber baron, Charles H. Hackley, and his business partner, Thomas Hume. The Site envelops the visitor in a unique living space, bringing late 19th century craftsmanship to life.

Niles

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Fort St. Joseph Museum

508 E. Main Street
Niles, MI  49120
Phone: (269) 683-4702

Year Built: 1882
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Wed-Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat 10am to 3pm

The Fort St. Joseph Museum is located in the former carriage house of the beautiful Victorian period Chapin Mansion. The museum tells the story of Niles from its colonial start in 1691 to the present. Featured exhibits portray the history of Fort St. Joseph, built by the French in 1691, the story of the Underground Railroad in southern Michigan, and the importance of the railroad and classification yards in Niles' history.

Port Austin

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Huron City Museums

7995 Pioneer Drive
Port Austin, MI  48467
Phone: (989) 428-4123

Year Built: 1882
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The museum complex has several restored buildings including the House of Seven Gables, the 1882 Victorian mansion of William Lyon and Annabel Hubbard Phelps.

Port Sanilac

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Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum

228 S. Ridge Street
Port Sanilac, MI  48469
Phone: (810) 622-9946

Year Built: 1872
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The 1872 Loop-Harrison House, a restored Victorian home, contains most of its original furnishings. Also on display are medical instruments; antique glassware; marine, military and Indian artifacts. Also on the grounds is the late 19th century Banner Cabin, which is furnished in period.

Rochester

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Meadow Brook

480 South Adams Rd.
Rochester, MI  48309
Phone: (248) 364-6200

Year Built: 1926
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Built in 1926, this 100 room Tudor mansion was the former home of Alfred and Matilda (Dodge) Wilson. Of special interest are the ballroom, antique needlepoint draperies, 24 fireplaces, hand carved paneling in the library and great hall, sculptured ceiling in the dining room, pipe organ and stone entranceway.

Rockland

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Old Victoria

4 miles west on a paved road a
Rockland, MI  49960
Phone: (906) 886-2617

Year Built: 1899
Admission Price: call for info
Hours: call for info

Step back in time... and touch the past at Old Victoria. Built in 1899, abandoned in 1921, and restored in the 1970s, the old Victoria cabins give visitors a glimpse into the lives of hard-working miners and their families in the remote copper mining town of Victoria, Michigan.

Rogers City

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Presque Isle County Historical Museum

176 Michigan Ave
Rogers City, MI  49779
Phone: (989) 734-4121

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Located in the restored Bradley House, the museum has displays of Victorian and 1920s furnishings.

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