Permanent Exhibit Gallery
A visit to the Marquette area just wouldn't be complete without visiting the new, interactive immerse exhibits which highlight the unique history between man and the environment. A few of the highlights include:
- the beaver pond exhibit, underwater Lake Superior exhibit, and local weather and mineral displays which explore the beautiful, rugged and diverse land that has shaped the culture of the region,
- artifacts from the people who left their first footprints here over 11,000 years ago as the glaciers covering the region began to melt,
- an authentic Ojibwe wigwam and one-of-a-kind birch bark canoes,
- a fur trading post, reconstructed from a local cabin, and an early settler’s cabin, moved from a local homestead and reconstructed on site using authentic materials, furnished with 1850's furniture from the permanent collection,
- a recording and exhibit about William Austin Burt’s and the original solar compass, an invention which became a standard along with the discovery of iron ore.
- the Arrivals and Departures exhibit, which examines the role of Upper Michigan in the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War,
- the evolution of the firearm from the 1600's, which displays many of the firearms in the museum's extensive gun collection.
- the immigrants and their work, from agriculture, logging and transportation to industry, communication and medicine, including one of the “iron lungs” used as a respirator for polio sufferers, made using a vacuum cleaner,
- Yooper innovation and traditions, a reconstructed recreational cabin (or camp, as it's referrred to in the U.P.), a full sauna and tools created by innovative locals.
- a recreated hockey scene of a game at the Palestra Ice Area, one of the first semi-professional indoor hockey rinks,
- the communities of Marquette County, from their development in business, services and recreation and sports, inlcuding one of the area’s first snowmobiles built here using a motorcyle engine.
Six interactive touch screen computer kiosks highlighting Lake Superior, the Ojiwbe culture, Palestra hockey history, veterans and the impact of war on the UP, logging, and the impact of beaver ponds on the environment.
Hands on activities for all ages!