Negaunee Historical Museum opens to tour

The Negaunee Historical Museum, after a vehicle damaged the front porch in 2011, has just about finished up the repairs.  Today, the first group through the doors was the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning.

The members of the NCLL poured in through the doors of the museum and were excited to be able to see pieces of long-ago Negaunee.   The museum has 28 rooms on three floors.  Each room represents a different era in time.

“We are looking at a town that was a very vibrant town at one time.  And like all small towns you kind of lose your identity and I think our museum shows that we really had a lot of things going here at one time,” says Virginia Paulson, President of the Negaunee Historical Museum.

Olivia Sleeman is with the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning.  She says, “Everybody that comes here is just amazed at what they have because looking at the outside it’s hard to tell.”

NCLL members say the items and their commitment to lifelong learning were a perfect match.

Some of the items that impressed the group today:  items representing women in the military, mining memorabilia, as well as medical and school records.  For some, it was a treat to see the clothing of times past with the now forgotten typewriters and record players.

The museum can also assist with genealogy and historical research.  The Negaunee Historical Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.   Find out more about the museum at