Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee

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The Michigan Iron Industry Museum, a branch facility of the Michigan Historical Center, is a community museum serving the heritage of the Marquette Iron Range on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The museum is located in Negaunee, a town built atop the geological strata of the iron range near Marquette. Until recently, Negaunee was a one-industry town that centered on the mining of iron ore. The Negaunee region served as the center of U.S. iron ore production from about 1880 until approximately 1900, when this role was taken over by iron mines on Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum opened in 1987 close to the Carp River Forge site on the Carp River where Michigan iron ore was first forged in 1848.
Admission to the museum is free, and the museum is open year-round. The museum also serves as the focal point for the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, a 47-mile (76 km) bicycle and hiking trail that presents a look at some of the key sites of human and geological heritage on the Marquette Iron Range.
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  • This is easily a Michigan gem. We have visited before and always enjoy it. Admission is free— donations appreciated. The museum is part of DNR. Everything you want or need to know about the history.....  more
    This is easily a Michigan gem. We have visited before and always enjoy it. Admission is free— donations appreciated. The museum is part of DNR. Everything you want or need to know about the history.....  more »
  • This was a self guided free tour. We did this on our last day but should have done this on our 1st or 2nd day because the museum puts the pieces of the area together. Being a visitor to the area, I... 
    This was a self guided free tour. We did this on our last day but should have done this on our 1st or 2nd day because the museum puts the pieces of the area together. Being a visitor to the area, I...  more »
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  • This was a great place to visit if you want to learn about the the iron industry's history the staff are fantastic and are willing to help you however they can.
  • Was great, spent less than an hour and saw the whole thing.

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