Marquette Regional History Center, Marquette

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The new Marquette Regional History Center opened March 7, 2011 with three times the exhibit space of the former museum and fully immersive and interactive exhibits! All of the exhibits were built and created by local artists and craftsmen.

The C. Fred Rydholm Gathering Hall, named in honor of noted local historian seats 200 people and is available for rental for weddings, showers, retirement parties, conferences, class reunions, fund-raisers or any other event. A projection dome tops the reception hall which displays moving lights at night.

Included in the design is a children’s classroom for visiting school groups to do hands-on projects. There's also an outdoor green space with an amphitheater, educational gardens, and Spring & Third Museum Store which sells works by local artists and regional books on history.


The organization was founded in 1918 to preserve and interpret the area’s rich cultural heritage. Over the past 92 years, the community has been so generous with artifact and library donations that the former museum was bursting at the seams! A new building was purchased in 2007 and renovated into a state-of-the-art museum facility. The new building is across Third Street from the historic Marquette County Courthouse in downtown Marquette.

We are a private, non-profit organization that is not funded by any government organizations. We are funded by admissions, memberships, store sales, grants and donations by people like you! Thanks for your support!

To see a video of the moving and rebuilding of the log structures check this link out -

To watch the dome being placed on top of the building, go to this link

Our Mission Statement:

“We believe the preservation of the cultural and physical history of our area brings an understanding to the past and present, and provides a guide for the future. The Marquette County History Museum not only maintains exhibits, artifacts and a research library, it is a forum for engaging the community and creating links between people.”
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  • This is a small museum but gives all the history on the area, going back thousands of years. There was a special exhibit on recreation in the area, which we found interesting. We found it well...  more »
  • We have been meaning to come here since its move but have never managed it. Finally, we returned only to discover we missed a special exhibit we would have enjoyed. Never mind. The new building is...  more »
  • Very organized. Lots of info. Need lots of time or more than one day.
  • The museum is such a special place for all ages. It is a treasure for the City and County of Marquette. Carolyn McDonald

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