Originally built in 1847 to house the Newport Academy schoolhouse, the museum’s artifacts and archival collections bring Marine City history and heritage to life in three distinctive galleries:
Highlights of the exhibits include a 4 1/2 by 36 foot diorama of the Belle River in 1885 (when 5 shipyards were engaged in producing some of the finest ships on the Great Lakes); completely furnished rooms dating back to the 1800’s and a blacksmith shop built on the museum grounds.
Volunteers are hard at work compiling a research library which will contain material pertaining to maritime, local and genealogy interests.
Tours: (Schools, Scouts, etc)
The museum offers guided tours for prescheduled groups of adults or students. Tours last approximately one hour. Times and topics can be adapted to meet individual group needs. Teachers/Leaders/Tour Directors are encouraged to visit the museum in advance to preview the orientation and exhibits.