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Lakeshore Museum Center

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Address: 430 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
Phone Number:
+1 231-722-0278
09:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Lakeshore Museum offers exhibits which explore the natural and cultural...

The Lakeshore Museum offers exhibits which explore the natural and cultural history of the area. Exhibits include a look at 400 years of Michigan in the making and a life sized mastodon. Several galleries offer hands-on opportunities.

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Nice museum

Nice museum, nice informative staff. Good for little kids, lots of hands on activities. Clean, lots of local history.

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Muskegon, Michigan
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Muskegon, Michigan
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Nice museum, nice informative staff. Good for little kids, lots of hands on activities. Clean, lots of local history.

1 Thank Lewis417
White Cloud, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Took about an hour. Could be more if we played with more stuff. There is tons of interactive stuff for kids

1 Thank Jen121481
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Not bad as long as you consider that this is stricktly a local museum. Some stuff for kids to do and a lot of hand-on things.

1 Thank RickMIusa
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

This museum isn't overly big, but it is packed full of great things to see and do. From a science lab with lots of hands on activities, to a room where kids can learn about healthy eating, a whole area covering the glacier movements in Michigan, and the animals that are native here. So much great information! It took us... More 

1 Thank Carla C
Beverly Hills, Michigan
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Guides at the firehouse and home reflecting the depression era really make small children feel welcome. There are a number of activities including play food in the kitchen, dress up clothing and firehouse bucket brigade to entertain younger children. The displays for adults are informative. Understanding the history of firefighting including a film form 1905 illustrates many of the limitations... More 

Joni D, Public Relations Manager at Lakeshore Museum Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that your family felt so welcomed at our sites and hope you will return for another visit when you are in the area. More 

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Free is a travelers favorite word. This museum doesn't disappoint because of it either. Lots of local Muskegon artifacts and interactive displays meant we had a great break from the heat. I would definitely go back seeing as they change some exhibits around and to just learn even more.

1 Thank Cassidy G
El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

I am originally from Muskegon, I moved away years ago. On a recent visit to my hometown I decided to reacquaint myself with the city. This is a lovely museum with a great bit of history about the area. The museum is organized well with lots of pictures and items from the past. The docent was very informative and answered... More 

1 Thank Rose H
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Out for a walk after farmers market and decided to stop in. The woman who met us was very enthusiastic a d gave us a brief over view. The museum had very nice display about the last 200 years of Muskegon lake. Very interesting regarding mans imoacts and the lake has lost about 25% of its surface area.

1 Thank Kevin7088
Joni D, Public Relations Manager at Lakeshore Museum Center, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in Kevin, we hope to see you at our other sites in Muskegon and Whitehall soon. More 

Mesa, Arizona
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87 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This was an interesting find. Lot's of American history here. We spent an afternoon just wandering around. It was lot's of fun to look back in time.

1 Thank GrammaJo I
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

In this "museum," you're allowed to sit on the furniture, read the magazines, open the cupboards and drawers, and generally explore in all the ways you wish you could explore other historical homes. The furnishings are accurate and high quality - no cheap reproductions - and nothing is behind a velvet rope or under glass. This will appeal to all... More 

1 Thank Mary P

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