One of the most fascinating Michigan attractions is the Michigan Historical Museum, which has 26 exhibits on five levels, each depicting a period of the history of the state. They include, according to the City-Data site:
“The First Peoples,” which depicts how the first inhabitants of what would become Michigan lived, the ancestors of the Native Americans who are thought to have first arrived 12,000 years ago;
“Settling the State,” which tells the story of the first white settlers of Michigan, starting in the early 1800s;
The Civil War Gallery, which shows the role that Michigan, a strong anti-slavery state, played in the conflict that split the United States in twain and killed over 600,000 people by the time it ended;
“Growing Up in Michigan, 1880-1895” shows a period of the state through the eyes of young people during the latter part of the 19th century.
Other galleries depict some of the industries that helped to enrich Michigan, including lumber, mining, and, of course, the automobile industry.
The atrium to the museum stands four stories high and includes a three-story high topographical map of Michigan. One should allow 90 minutes for a museum tour.
The Michigan Historical Museum is situated in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. The complex is on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard.
Admission ranges from $6 for adults to $2 for young people ages 6-17. Children five and younger are admitted free. Seniors get in for $4.
The museum is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on state holidays and certain other days of the year.
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