Muskegon
Attractions

 

Fire Barn Museum

The original C. H. Hackley Hose Company No. 2 was formed in December 1875. Charles H. Hackley sponsored the twelve firemen in what was his first philanthropic gift to the City of Muskegon. As the city grew and firefighting equipment became more sophisticated, operations were transferred to other parts of town. The C. H. Hackley Hose Company No. 2 was closed by the City in June 1892. In 1976, the Muskegon Heritage Society and the City of Muskegon joined forces to build a re-creation of the C. H. Hackley Hose Company No. 2 building, featuring a collection of antique fire fighting apparatus.

 

Frauenthal Center

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.

 

Hackley & Hume Historic Site

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.

 

Getty 4 Drive-In Theater

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.

 

The Playhouse at White Lake

The Historic Howmet Playhouse has been in almost constant operation since its opening in 1916. Built by the renowned Chicago director Frank R. Adams and local business owner James Nufer, its design was copied from Chicago’s LaSalle Theater and was built for professional live theatrical presentations and the new “flickers”, or as we know them today, motion pictures. The Playhouse has been greeting audiences ever since.

 

Lakeshore Museum Center

Since 1937, the Lakeshore Museum Center has explored the history of Muskegon County through historic exhibits, education programs, and special presentations for all ages. Its permanent exhibits trace over 400 million years of Michigan history in the making, explore animal food webs, and encourage children to participate in hands-on activities in the Science Center and Body Works.

 

Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park

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.4750

 

Muskegon Heritage Museum

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.

 

Muskegon Museum of Art

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 features works by Dale Chihuly , Dante Marioni and others, and is considered one of the finest in the Midwest.

 

Muskegon South Pierhead Light

Climb the 48 foot tall Muskegon South Pierhead Light and experience the unique feeling of traveling back in time. Up two spiral staircases and a shipman’s ladder, this ironclad tower built in 1903 boasts unparalleled views from the lantern room at the tower top. Open for tours Memorial Day to Labor Day

 

Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages come to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex in Muskegon State Park for its two publicly accessible luge tracks; an 850-foot ice track in the winter and a fiberglass track for summer. The complex offers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on five miles of groomed, well-lit trails. They also offer ice skating on their ¼-mile lighted skating trail through the woods. In addition to all of the great winter activities, the complex will be adding a mega dual zipline and more year round programming.

 

SS Milwaukee Clipper

The S/S Milwaukee Clipper, also known as S/S Clipper , and formerly as the S/S Juniata, was a 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. It now sits in Muskegon Lake as a museum.

 

Scolnik House of the Depression Era

The Scolnik House of the Depression Era tells the story of families living in Muskegon during the Great Depression. The house has undergone renovation and includes period appropriate carpet, paint and linoleum flooring, period-appropriate wallpaper, furniture in a variety of styles, and radios on each floor to play music and radio shows from the era. The Scolnik House is also a gentle-touch historic house, allowing a unique chance to more fully experience the decade of the 1930s. Visitors can try on period clothing, help do laundry, and explore the garden all while learning of the hardships brought about by the Great Depression.

 

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum

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 veteran’s museum with artifacts and displays honoring those who served America and fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

 

USS Silversides Submarine Museum

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.

 

White River Light Station Museum

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.

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