141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201 :: 517.764.4440
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Museums

Fine art exhibits, a fully-furnished 19th century home that brings history to life and dozens of world-record whitetail deer buck racks are among the unique and eclectic displays waiting to be explored in Jackson County.

Find a museum that fits your interests, then come stay with us

Jackson Museums

Cell Block 7 Prison Museum

(517) 787-2320
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3855 Cooper St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Cell Block 7 Prison Museum Visit the museum dedicated to the history and process of the Michigan Department of Corrections at this unique site located within an active working prison system.  Cell Block 7 is... » More Information

Hours

Summer Season - June through Sept:
Monday & Tuesday  - By Appointment Only
Wednesday - Sunday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cell Block 7 Prison Museum

Visit the museum dedicated to the history and process of the Michigan Department of Corrections at this unique site located within an active working prison system.  Cell Block 7 is an active representation of current life as an incarcerated inmate at what was once the largest walled-prison in the world.  Located adjacent to working cell-blocks on the grounds of the active Southern Regional Prison, Cell Block 7 is designed to give attendees both the history and current state of corrections in Michigan. Prisoners were housed in this building until 2007. 

The museum is independantly operated by the Ella Sharp Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Ella Sharp Museum leases the space from the Michigan Department of Corrections. All museum admission proceeds go directly to the Ella Sharp Museum. 

Admission can be combined with a ticket to the Ella Sharp Museum, also located in Jackson.

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Coe House Museum

(517) 522-8324
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371 W. Michigan Ave.
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Coe House Museum Coe House was constructed in 1871 for Henry Van Winkle, who owned and operated a hardware store and farm equipment "dealership" in Grass Lake. In 1953 Archie and Myrta Coe bought the... » More Information

Hours

By appointment only.

Coe House Museum

Coe House was constructed in 1871 for Henry Van Winkle, who owned and operated a hardware store and farm equipment "dealership" in Grass Lake. In 1953 Archie and Myrta Coe bought the home, and it was from Mrs. Coe, by then a widow, that the Grass Lake Area Historical Society bought the house in 1972. The architecture of the home is Tuscan Vernacular. It has been furnished to represent a typical home of the Victorian Era. A variety of events are scheduled throughout the year, including flea markets, craft shows, music and a heritage celebration.

 

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Dahlem

(517) 782-3453
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7117 S. Jackson Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Dahlem Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience... » More Information

Hours

Trail Hours
Dawn to dusk, 7 days per week, including holidays

Guided Nature Hikes
Every Tuesday from 9am- 11am.

Building Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
Monday: Closed 

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Internet Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
Dahlem

Dahlem is a place to experience, study and enjoy nature. With five miles of hiking trails containing forests, fields, marshes and ponds, visitors can enjoy a guided hike or experience the natural wonders on their own. A newly resurfaced 3/8 mile trail has been specially redesigned for visitors with limited mobility. Dahlem offers year-round educational programs for students and families, including naturalist programs, workshops and special events. The exhibit area and Nutshell Gift Shop are located within the main visitor building. The Nutshell is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to shop, and is an excellent source for nature-related books, clothing, bird-feeding supplies, jewelry and many other items, including fresh wreaths during the holidays. 

Dahlem serve as a natural history education center for kids, but it is also known around the state and country for having one of the largest bluebird trails. Birders can capture the songs of Eastern Bluebirds along this well-maintained trail, as well as the harmonies of other migratory songbirds. The annual festival to celebrate these birds is called the Birds, Blooms and Butterflies Festival.

Venue Capacity

Dutcher Room - 80

Pavilion - 80

Green Space - 125

Group Tour Information

Year round groups of 10 or more are encouraged to take a 90 minute guided nature hike and interactive presentation by a Dahlem Naturalist. Groups will discover seasonal favorites such as dragonflies, bird watching and butterflies on five miles of well groomed trails. Meanwhile limited mobility presentations are also available offered on the paved “Nature for All Trail”. Seated educational presentations are also available in the environmental education space. Groups should plan to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site.

Groups may also schedule a Dahlem Naturalist to meet the bus at a variety of different birding and wild flower hot spots throughout Jackson county.  

 

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Ella Sharp Museum

(517) 787-2320 
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3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Ella Sharp Museum In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of a park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860&rsquo... » More Information

Hours

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thurs - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sun and Mon - CLOSED

Public guided tours of Ella Sharp's 19th Century Hillside Farmhouse are at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

For group tour information please click here.

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol License Available
  • Alcohol or Bar Tending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 300
Ella Sharp Museum

In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of a park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860’s log cabin, the Dibble one-room schoolhouse, country store, print shop, doctor’s office, wood shop and the Merriman Sharp Farmhouse.  The Ella Sharp Museum also houses six galleries including the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, the Jackson History Gallery, a clock gallery and three galleries featuring traveling and “in house” exhibitions.

Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Hillside Farm Lane for the Ella’s major festivals including Sugaring & Shearing (March), Fall Harvest Festival (October) and Art, Beer & Wine Festival (June) which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June of 2014 and includes art vendors, Michigan wine and craft beer tastings. 

The Grand Community Room at the Ella Sharp Museum is the perfect place for your next grand event. The 3,000-square-foot room features an outdoor patio, catering kitchen, and stage to accommodate a wide variety of uses. A huge, arched window looks out onto the surrounding park and a mid-19th century log house. Consider Ella Sharp Museum for reunions, holiday parties, weddings, seminars, annual meetings and much more.

Group Tour Information

The Ella offers special programming options for groups of 15 or more. To schedule a group tour, please contact tour coordinator Emily Jarvi. Group tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

For your group’s visit, choose from three tour options, all lasting approximately three hours or create your own experience:

Option 1: Guided tour of Ella’s home, the Merriman-Sharp farmhouse; visit to the galleries; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time

Option 2: Guided visit to the galleries; presentation on selected topic*; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time

Option 3: Guided visit to the galleries; creative project; choose between tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings or house tour; free time

*Choose from eight topics of interest in art and history relating to the museum’s collection. 

 

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Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

(734) 475-3170
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17030 Bush Rd.
Chelsea, MI 48118

Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, at the Waterloo Recreation Area, introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology and to the diverse natural habitats that are found today within... » More Information

Hours

April through September
Monday - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, at the Waterloo Recreation Area, introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology and to the diverse natural habitats that are found today within Waterloo's 20,000-plus acres. It features Michigan rocks, minerals, fossils, crystals, and glacial information. A variety of programs are offered for school groups as well as the general public. See the website for Weekly Nature Program Schedule.

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Hanover Horton Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum

(517) 563-8927
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101 Fairview St.
Hanover, MI 49241

Hanover Horton Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum The Lee Conklin Antique Reed Organ & History Museum proudly displays over 100 fully restored and working antique reed organs. Visitors to the museum are often treated to the beautiful sounds... » More Information

Hours

May - October: Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
By appointment the rest of the week. 

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 44
Hanover Horton Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum

The Lee Conklin Antique Reed Organ & History Museum proudly displays over 100 fully restored and working antique reed organs. Visitors to the museum are often treated to the beautiful sounds of these antique instruments, as they are in playable condition. The collection includes parlor, cottage and church organs along with elegant rosewood melodeons, some dating as far back as the mid-1800’s. The historical collection includes a turn of the century classroom, barber shop, library, printing press and telephone switchboard. The museum building itself, once Hanover High School, was designated a Michigan Historical Site in 2000 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The museum is owned and operated by the Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society. Special events include Rust N' Dust Days, Fourth of July Tractor Pulls and October Corn Mazes. 

The Heritage Park Event Center hosts monthly concerts called Bluegrass Bonanza and is also great place to hold your next gathering. Whether you are expecting a small crowd or a full house the event center can accommodate your needs. There are two rooms available. The small meeting room features a classroom style space that holds 44 people maximum and includes the use of the kitchen. The large meeting space is also available for rent and also includes the use of the kitchen. If you are interested in renting either room, please contact the Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society office at 517-563-8927.  There is NO Alcohol / NO Smoking policy for all of the Museum Buildings and Grounds.

Group tours are welcome.  The buildings and restrooms are handicapped accessible except for the 2nd floor of the museum. Please allow 1.5 hours for the tour. Please visit their website for more information on group tours.

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Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum

(517) 937-0533
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4220 Willis Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum More than 50 Boone and Crockett world record buck racks are on display at the museum, along with Michigan’s record holder. Visitors can see and feed the live deer... » More Information

Hours

Monday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Call us closer to closing time. 

Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum

More than 50 Boone and Crockett world record buck racks are on display at the museum, along with Michigan’s record holder. Visitors can see and feed the live deer seven days a week, year round. Also, see one of the country's largest chainsaw and farm implement museums.

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Peter F. Hurst Planetarium

(517) 841-3860
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3328 Oakwood
Jackson, MI 49203

Peter F. Hurst Planetarium Located within Ella Sharp Park, the planetarium’s primary goal is to be an educational facility, targeting students from the Jackson Public Schools and the surrounding school districts and... » More Information

Peter F. Hurst Planetarium

Located within Ella Sharp Park, the planetarium’s primary goal is to be an educational facility, targeting students from the Jackson Public Schools and the surrounding school districts and colleges. Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year as well as laser light shows throughout the month of July. For more information on the laser light shows please visit http://hurstplanetarium.org/programs/laser.html. 

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The Mann House

(517) 524-8943
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205 Hanover St.
Concord, MI 49237

The Mann House The Mann House is an excellent example of typical middle-class domestic architecture of the early 1880s. Built in 1883, the Mann House is now a museum operated by the Michigan Historical... » More Information

Hours

Memorial Day to Labor Day

Thursday through Sunday

10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Mann House

The Mann House is an excellent example of typical middle-class domestic architecture of the early 1880s. Built in 1883, the Mann House is now a museum operated by the Michigan Historical Center. It is furnished with the 19th century heirlooms of the Mann family including the family's sleigh, buggy, and many household implements. Caretakers recreate holiday celebrations by decorating and arranging the museum as it would have been seen during those times. A marbleized slate fireplace, peculiar catch-release doorknobs, and eight rooms of period furniture adorn the two-story house. Admission to Mann House is free.

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Tompkins Historical Museum

517-569-2535
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10138 N. Tompkins Rd.
Rives Junction , MI 49277

Tompkins Historical Museum Sheridan Stewart, born on his family’s Centennial Farm in Tompkins Township on November 7, 1917, described himself as, “a farmer and an investor”. In his final... » More Information

Hours

Museum Shown for groups by appointment through winter months.
Museum is open the 4th Saturday of each month except January & February
Contact Nancy Seydell, Curator    (517) 569-2535

Tompkins Historical Museum

Sheridan Stewart, born on his family’s Centennial Farm in Tompkins Township on November 7, 1917, described himself as, “a farmer and an investor”. In his final years he made the decision to leave his 175-acre family Centennial Farm to the Township of Tompkins to be used for a new town hall, fire station, recreational facilities and a township museum. This 175-acre Centennial Farm is said to be the largest acreage ever donated to any township in the State of Michigan.

Today the Tompkins Historical Society has restored the family home into a museum open to the public for tours and special events, including the annual Tompkins Freedom Festival and Steam Engine Show every September. Improvements continue on the property to restore buildings and develop nature trails. The Tompkins Historical Museum features a three-story farmhouse museum with working rug loom, an 1838 replica log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse.

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Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

(517) 596-2254
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13493 Waterloo Munith Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum These museums offer a vivid look into 19th century pioneer life. Costumed tour guides take visitors through a 10-room farmhouse built by a German immigrant and seven additional outbuildings. Then... » More Information

Hours

Open: the Friday after Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend.  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Both the Dewey School & Farm Museum are open by appointment and for special events.

Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

These museums offer a vivid look into 19th century pioneer life. Costumed tour guides take visitors through a 10-room farmhouse built by a German immigrant and seven additional outbuildings. Then groups are encouraged to continue their visit at the Dewey School Museum where pupils will experience a typical school day in the mid-1800s. 

The Waterloo Farm Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Siebold Farm/Ruehle (Realy) farm since 1973, is a complex of farm buildings nestled in the curve of a scenic rural road. Highlights include a farmhouse built in 1850s, a rare restored wooden Perkins windmill, a log house with stone fireplace, a woodworking and blacksmith's workshop with working forge, the granary which now serves as a gift shop, and many other buildings that supported 1880s farm life. 

The Dewey School Museum, located three miles north of the Farm, is a one-room schoolhouse that was built in the mid-1800s and held classes until 1956. At Dewey, the schoolmarm teaches her pupils (the visitors) about a one-room schoolhouse and guides them through a typical day.

The Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum are run by the Waterloo Area Historical Society. The mission of the WAHA is to foster an understanding and appreciation in children and adults of the pioneer farmers of Michigan, their family life and their children's schooling. The WAHS was formed in 1962 to acquire and restore the Realy Family Farm as a tribute to Michigan's pioneer farmers. 

Special events include:

  • Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend
  • Antique Tractor, Truck and Farm Equipment Show
  • Pioneer Day
  • Christmas on the Farm

Group Tour Information

For more group tour information click here. Waterloo Farm Museum provides guided tours of the ten-room farmhouse, log cabin, barns, blacksmith and woodworking workshop, bake house, ice house, milk cellar and windmill. These tours are lead by knowledgeable guides in period dress and are usually combined with the Dewey School museum visit lasting between 3 to 3.5 hours. The gift shop will also be open at this time as well, to browse and purchase books, crafts, toys, collectables and clothing. Please call for group pricing.

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Ye Ole Carriage Shop

(517) 750-4300
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3538 Henderson Rd.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283

Ye Ole Carriage Shop Visitors will be delighted by over 60 antique and classic cars on display including 5 one-and-onlys and 16 made in Jackson including a 1902 JAXON. The museum also features a large display of Sparton... » More Information

Hours

Gudied group tours are by appointment only.

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 105
Ye Ole Carriage Shop

Visitors will be delighted by over 60 antique and classic cars on display including 5 one-and-onlys and 16 made in Jackson including a 1902 JAXON. The museum also features a large display of Sparton Radios and Horns (built in Jackson from 1910 thru the 1950’s), hundreds of original gas and oil pieces, 160 model planes from the world wars, a pedal car collection and a Coca~Cola Soda Bar with an unusual collection of Coca~Cola memorabilia.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to schedule visits to the Ye Ole Carriage Shop at least one month in advance. The facility can seat up to 65 people in the front hall and roughly 40 in the Coca-Cola room. Groups should expect to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site. 

Check out the Experience Jackson Photo Gallery for a sneak peak. 

 

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