Temporary Museum Exhibits

Shifting Shoreline

Shifting Shoreline examines the changes to the Muskegon Lake shoreline over the past 200 years. Animation and maps in the exhibit show visitors how Muskegon Lake shrunk by 27% from the time of the lumbering industry to the present day. Pictured below: The Blodgett and Byrne Mill was one of the largest on Muskegon Lake.

Shifting Shoreline will be on exhibit through May 2017.

B&B Mills

Beebe Violins

Byron Beebe and his son Emmett, were well-respected violin makers from right here in Muskegon.  From 1909 to 1938 these two men made and rebuilt hundreds of violins that are considered masterpieces by professional musicians. They modeled their violins on classic Italian instruments, like those of Stradivarius, but had their own unique secrets including a special varnish that only Byron knew how to make.

Don’t miss seeing these beautiful instruments while they are on display.

Special Thanks to the Muskegon Heritage Museum.

Collectors “Cornerstone”

Contents of the cornerstone from the Occidental Hotel are on display in one of the Collectors Corner cases. The original wooden hotel, built in 1858, was placed on rollers and moved to allow for a four story addition in 1891 and the cornerstone was added at that time.  It was opened in 1936 and some of its contents are now on display including photographs, a dinner menu, a horseshoe, and a hotel registry. Curious about who stayed at the Occidental? Follow our Twitter page to find out.  sectihttps://twitter.com/Occidental_LMC

The Grand Army of the Republic

Members of the Grand Army of the Republic  (G.A.R.) converged on Muskegon 125 years ago for their annual encampment after the Civil War.  This event brought over 20,000 members to Muskegon, doubling the population. Explore artifacts and images from the encampment and learn about local ties to the G.A.R. You can also flip through a special census booklet to see if you have a Muskegon ancestor who served in the Civil War.

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.