School Group Visits
Photo: School group activity - trade bead bracelet.
The History Center offers guided tours through the museum, including hands-on projects, live performances and activities for all ages. Call to schedule your visit today.
We can host school groups both big and small. 60 is a nice maximum group size.
Many dates and times are available for your field trip. Call or email to schedule as far in advance as possible; please try to schedule at least one week in advance.
Programs designed for all age groups are available, Preschool through College age!
School group prices:
$2.00 per K-12 student
$3.00 per College student
$5.00 per each adult chaperone
From preschool to college level, we have a field trip for everyone. Design your field trip with Museum Educator, Betsy Rutz or choose from those we have ready to go. Such as:
Pre-K and Kindergarten: Animal hunt in gallery, puppet fables, train conductor tour through main gallery and special exhibit. (45-60 min)
1st Grade: Communities. Meet historical characters, everyday heroes of our local community who will share their stories in the main gallery. Focus on past, present, future (1.5-2 hr)
2nd Grade: Communities, or early Marquette history focus. (1.5-2 hr)
3rd Grade: Fur Trade Unit and quill or bead craft (1.5-2.5 hr depending on number of students)
4th Grade: Lumbering Unit in main gallery and gathering hall activity. (1 hr +)
5th-12th Grades: Early Footprints, Innovations, Early U.P., local geology, weather and climate, primary documents and research. (1-2 hours)
We often create a field trip around a class specific focus such as a language class; just let us know what you are studying.
Email Betsy Rutz, Museum Educator, for more information on scheduling your tour! firstname.lastname@example.org or call 906.226.3571
Group tours are available for any type of group or club; please call or send us an email if you would like to schedule one!
No group is too small. 906-226-3571 or email
Fill out a teacher/group leader evaluation here. Email to email@example.com
The History Center offers unique and fun family programming all year.
Museum After Dark: Animals Among Us
Saturday, November 12, 2016
7:00-10:00pm at the History Center
Join us for our after-dark adventure! This year think everything animals. From games and activities to characters with animal tales and a themed scavenger hunt, photo booth, snacks and surprises. Designed for age six and up.
7:15 Chocolay Raptor Center presentation with live raptors.
Advance ticket purchase recommended. Also available at the door. A great family event.
$9 for 18 and under, $5 for adult accompanying youth. $7 for individual adult.
Tickets: 226.3571or at MRHC.
Saturday October 15th, 2016
at the Marquette Regional History Center
International Archaeology Day is celebrated throughout the world on this day. Spend a fun afternoon learning all about archaeology through hands-on activities, demonstrations, artifacts and displays at many interactive booths throughout the entire museum. Meet regional experts and see what is being discovered in your familiar Upper Peninsula region. New booths and activities for 2016!
Fair included with the cost of general admission. A great event for families, clubs, scouts, and all ages.
Tombstone Detectives -
meet at Park Cemetery Main Gate
August 23, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
This popular family friendly walking tour will include making tombstone rubbings and investigating symbols and clues. The stories of the people buried in the cemetery are fascinating and some will "come alive" to share theirs. Enjoy this active walk throughout the cemetery, great for all ages. $5 suggested donation.
Hands On! Art and History Day Camp
Youth ages 8-12 are invited to join Liberty Children’s Art Project (LCAP) and the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) August 8th through 12th for an immersion into local history and multi-media art making. Explore the world of folk art at this one week day-camp. Create your own art and a collaborative mural while learning about Upper Peninsula folk artists and traditions through the History Center’s collection and special exhibit now on display at MRHC: The Folk Art Tradition of Upper Michigan.
register at the History Center or by phone.
$45 for the week,
$40 for Museum Members,
$10 for one day workshop drop in.
Monday through Friday, August 8-12, 2016
10:00 - 12:00 each day, here at the MRHC.
To see all of the museum programming and details, check out the Events Page!
Looking for an interesting 20-30 minute program for your community organization or service club, veterans group, senior center, or nursing home? Outreach programs are offered free of charge in Marquette County. Call if you're interested in scheduling a tour! 906-226-3571
Through the Curator’s Eyes
Join the curator to explore highlights from the History Center’s diverse collection. All artifacts have stories and mysteries, whether they are a beautiful gown, unique sculpture, ordinary household tools, business signs or a hockey uniform. Each program will feature different artifacts.
Leaves on My Family Tree
What do a voyageur, blacksmith and train conductor have in common? Find out as Robert Mercure’s family history comes to life. Mercure’s ability to portray the lives of three men is entertaining and engaging. Learn how he uncovered his family tree and created this fascinating story.
Meet William Austin Burt, Amos Harlow and Charles Harvey, early settlers who changed the landscape of Marquette County. Their stories are told through diaries, letters, photographs, maps and field notes.
When Beaver Was King
Prior to the discovery of iron ore, the most valuable natural resource was the beaver. This unique era in local history is shown through the perspective of either a Courier de Bois or a Metis woman living in the north woods. Learn how the Ojibwe and French traders adapted to their environment and influenced each other’s culture and way of life. View museum-quality historic reproductions made by local artisans.
Share the stories of lighthouse keeper William Wheatley, hear about Samuel Wetton’s rescue at sea and view the resulting Carnegie and Coast Guard medals, learn about the Anderson Fish Company through oral histories and fishing logbooks.
Amazing Women in Marquette History
Diaries, scrapbooks and photographs illustrate the lives of Olive Harlow, Abby Longyear Roberts and Elba Morse. Each has an interesting story to tell.
Archival Treasures from the
J.M. Longyear Research Library
View actual historical documents such as: the first post office record book, early weather observation books, railroad accident logs, Lincoln inauguration invitation, photo scrapbooks, Peter White correspondence, Martin Luther King signed program.
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