The challenging environment of the Upper Peninsula has helped shape the dynamic, persevering and resourceful people who call it home. The natural resources determined livelihoods, and there is a deep connection between residents and the land.
Travel back with us and explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, unique artifacts and engaging oral histories which bring the 11,000 year journey to life.
In addition to our main gallery permanent exhibit, we have a Special Exhibit gallery that rotates exhibits. Enjoy our page that features these limited time displays: Special Exhibits, to explore past exhibits and virtual exhibits.
Consumer Co-operatives in the Central Upper Peninsula: A Middle Way
January 29 through April 27, 2024
The central Upper Peninsula (Marquette, Alger, Delta, and Dickinson Counties), has an extensive history of organizing consumer co-operatives, dating back to the late 1880s. This exhibit outlines how co-ops were involved in more than just selling goods. They have been active in local politics, aiding strikers, advocating for food safety, supporting
immigrants, fostering communities, and fighting against other injustices faced by the working class. Co-ops offered an option between traditional capitalist stores and a socialized economy.
The permanent collection includes artifacts from the Prehistoric copper culture through contemporary times. Only a fraction of the permanent collection is on display at one time. Ongoing special exhibits allow the museum to highlight different areas of the collection.
Over the years, the community has been so generous with donations, that the museum recently moved to a larger location. The new location is climate controlled and allows for continued collection of artifacts.