Menominee Range Historical Museum
300 East Ludington Street
Open after Memorial Day Through Early Fall
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Hours: 11 am - 3 pm Monday - Friday
Seasonal Phone: (906) 774-4276
Call for Fall Hours
The Menominee Range Historical Museum collections are housed in the former
Carnegie Public Library, built in 1901-1902 with a gift of $17,500 from Andrew
Carnegie. The Carnegie Public Library opened April 15, 1902, serving as Iron
Mountain's public library and later the Dickinson County Library until the new
Dickinson County Library opened April 16, 1969. On July 6, 1974, the building
was dedicated as the Menominee Range Historical Foundation Museum and
was added to the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites in May, 1977.
The Museum features over 100 exhibits
depicting life on the Menominee Iron
Range from the latter part of the
nineteenth century through the early years of the twentieth century.
The country store welcomes visitors upon entering the museum, stocked with
a wide variety of life's necessities from the turn of the twentieth century.
Dating from between 1650 and 1756, this dugout canoe, found on the West
Branch of the Sturgeon River near Foster City, Dickinson County, Michigan,
highlights a collection of regional Native American artifacts. A birch bark
canoe made by the Menominee Indians who lived in Badwater is also displayed,
dating from the early 1900's when their canoes were sold for one dollar per foot.
Early area settlement is shown by a Native American diorama, a trapper's cabin,
trading post and real estate office. Lumberjack tools, a gun collection and the
interior of an iron mine round out displays focusing on early area history.
The late Victorian parlor, center of family activity on special days, contains a
pump organ, an Edison photograph with elaborately painted morning glory horn
and an antique grandfather's clock. A
typical bedroom is located in the
The late Victorian kitchen bustles with activity with the cook stove and
woodbox next to the back door and the well-stocked Hoosier cupboard.
A barber shop, doctor's office, dentist's office, pharmacy, watchmaker's shop,
ice house, milk house, barn and stable help round out the depictions of
everyday life around 1900. Children can sit in the graduated desks, complete
with ink wells, in the schoolroom.
A moonshine still, folding bathtub, hand-cranked washing machine, early musical instruments, mechanical banks and
early doll collection prove interesting to visitors.