Temporary Museum Exhibits

 Coming in July: A Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws World War II.

This exhibit will take a look at the war through the eyes of the local artist with drawings and watercolors, maps, and military artifacts on display beginning in mid-July. Wally’s war time travels took him to Algeria, France, Tunisia, Sardinia, and many other places from the time he was drafted into the army in 1942 until the war ended in 1945.  Join us for an Exhibit Opening Reception on 21 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm.

Cabinets of Curiosity

Native Heritage: The North American Indian  – Native American artifacts from the Museum Collection are on display in the Cabinets of Curiosity in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art’s exhibition Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian. The items include beadwork and jewelry and complement a selection of Curtis’ photogravures on display at the MMA through September 10. A  more extensive display of Native American artifacts from our collection can be found at Michigan’s Heritage Park, our site in Whitehall.

All Aboard

The history of railroad service in Muskegon is explored in this small exhibit. Train service began in 1869 with service between Muskegon and Ferrysburg. It later became the Michigan Lake Shore Railroad and Grand Haven, Holland and Allegan were added. The Union Depot was built in 1895 and by 1902, passenger traffic in Muskegon had grown to 600 passengers a day. The final train departed from the Depot for Holland in 1971. On display are photographs and artifacts including a Model Logging Train, and information about the various railway companies that transported passengers, lumber, and other goods to and from Muskegon.

Victorian Trade Cards

Have you ever collected trading cards – baseball, football, Pokémon, or others? It’s not such a new idea, even people in the late 1800s loved collecting trade cards. Victorian trade cards, also known simply as trade cards, are advertising cards. In many ways, they are similar to today’s sports and gaming cards. People collected, traded, and organized the cards in albums.  This exhibit features over 60 cards from Muskegon businesses of the era. From elegant to humorous, these cards came in a variety of styles and sizes. Find out which is your favorite, now through June of 2017.