Temporary Museum Exhibits

A Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws World War II

This exhibit takes 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. The exhibit includes several interactive components including a “Where is Wally?” map that invites visitors to use red x marks to locate 11 Wallys.  The exhibit will be on display through February.

A Sketch of More: Paintings by Wally Berg

Eight additional paintings by Wally are displayed in the Cabinets of Curiosity in the main hallway of the museum. They include a self portrait of the artist as a young man.

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.

 Lake Michigan Park

Lake Michigan Park was a major destination for Muskegon beach-goers and entertainment enthusiasts from 1890 to 1925. A roller coaster, dancing pavilion, bowling alley, restaurant, theater, and bathhouse were nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan. The Street Railway Company brought visitors back and forth from the park to the city of Muskegon. The display features a variety of photographs, postcards, and even a ticket from the original park. On display through January 2018.