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 mid June 2017.

B&B Mills


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://https://twitter.com/MuskegonLMC

Rochdale Inn

George Scheuchenpflug worked at the Rochdale Inn in the summer of 1929 and documented his time at the resort on Brown’s Pond in a scrapbook. Over 25 photographs with handwritten captions from the scrapbook are on display highlighting the activities of the guests and staff of the popular resort. Guests could enjoy fishing for trout in the pond, tennis on the lawn, and dancing in the pavilion. It opened in 1928 as the Riverside Inn and operated as the Rochdale Inn until it was destroyed by fire in 1944.

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.