The Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts combines living history with a dedication to live theater and music. This gorgeous former "movie palace" is home to the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Muskegon Civic Theatre, the Miss Michigan Pageant, and Muskegon Community Concerts. Spend some time learning the story behind the design of this Spanish renaissance style theater and don't pass up the chance to take our virtual tour.
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. The Hackley House is truly an exquisite example of Victorian architecture and of late nineteenth century interior decorative arts. The furnishings in the home are a mixture of those typical of the era and original family pieces. We strive to interpret the house with original furnishings and appropriate reproductions.
The Getty 4 Drive-In is one of only eight operating drive-in theaters in Michigan. Slightly more than 500 remain open nation-wide. Opened on June 3, 1949, as the NK Drive-In. NK stands for Nick Kuris who owned the NK Drive-In. Purchased by Jack Loeks in 1967, it was renamed the Getty Drive-In Theatre. In 1978, 3 additional screens were added and it became known as the Getty 4. In 2001, the property was slated to be sold for development, but the sale was not completed and the theatre continues its operations today.
This National Historic Designated Park is a formally designed park dedicated to the memory of Civil War veterans, presented to the City in 1890 by Charles H. Hackley. Its focal point is an eighty-foot tall soldier's monument in the center of the park. Statues of Farragut, Sherman, Grant and Lincoln grace the corners of the park. The park creates a strong visual image upon entering the downtown area and provides recreational space for the community.
Michigan's Adventure is Michigan's largest amusement and water park, featuring over 60 rides and attractions including our world-class wooden roller coaster, Shivering Timbers. Experience seven roller coasters, three wave pools, tube slides, body slides, thrill rides, and kiddie rides.
Built in 1875 by Captain William Robinson, the White River Light Station now serves as a physical reminder of the rich nautical history of Michigan. The lighthouse is now a museum and is open to the public. Plan a visit to the museum and climb the spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse tower, browse the many 19th and early 20th century photographs, examine our collection of nautical artifacts and look out across Lake Michigan as the lighthouse Keeper did a century ago.
The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum opened in 1987 when the USS Silversides arrived at its new home in Muskegon, Michigan. In 2008, the museum expanded with the construction of the 16,000 square-foot Robert G. Morin Facility. This new museum includes a wide range of exhibits and displays focusing on the USS Silversides, World War II, the Pearl Harbor attack, submarines, the Cold War, marine technology, and Great Lakes shipping. The museum also features a 72-seat theater currently featuring a documentary about U.S. involvement in World War II and the role of U.S. Navy Submarine Service.
Walk where heroes have walked, right in downtown Muskegon! History jumps out at you from every deck and every corner. Discover the USS LST 393's outstanding wartime record as you tour a nationally renowned veterans museum with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
The S/S Milwaukee Clipper, also known as S/S Clipper , and formerly as the S/S Juniata, is a mothballed passenger ship and automobile ferry that sailed under two configurations and on two sides of the Great Lakes. The Clipper is the oldest US passenger steamship on the Great Lakes. The vessel is now docked in Muskegon, Michigan.
This city park, located on Lake Michigan, offers a wide expanse of beach, playground, volleyball courts, a restaurant and access to lighthouses and the Muskegon Channel, also the site of the "USS Silversides," a World War II Submarine and near by a full service restaurant and bar. There is no entrance fee to the park.
The Muskegon Heritage Association was formed in 1973 with the purpose of assisting in the preservation and restoration of buildings and homes in the historic district of Muskegon, now called "Heritage Village." Additionally, the Muskegon Heritage Museum is continually working to preserve the industrial heritage of our community and features an operating antique machine shop, a working Corlis Valve Steam Engine, a fully functional 100 year old printing press and much more. A large part of Muskegon's history is in the industries and businesses that made this city a manufacturing capital, beginning in the mid 19th Century through today. Making that history available for our current community members, especially the youngsters, and for generations to come is important to our community.
The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded in 1912, is renowned for its fine permanent collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings. Works by artists such as John Steuart Curry, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, Joos Van Cleve, Lucas Cranach, Camille Pissarro, August Rodin, and Alfred Sisley are displayed in the permanent collection galleries. The Muskegon Museum of Art contemporary studio glass collection featuring works by Dale Chihuly , Dante Marioni and others, is considered one of the finest in the Midwest. Throughout the year, the Muskegon Museum of Art presents a variety of changing exhibitions, including special selections from our collection, nationally touring exhibitions, and exhibitions that focus on contemporary Midwest artists and internationally recognized studio glass artists. Museum exhibitions and programming are designed to appeal to a variety of audiences and to follow its mission to foster life long study and appreciation of the visual arts.