Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum has been active in Michigan since the mid-1970s. The rich mining heritage in the region is still present today. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum allows visitors to learn about the iron industry, its impact on the iron range communities, and the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader. It overlooks the Carp River Forge historic site. The forge operated from 1848-1855 and was the first iron manufactory in the Lake Superior region. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Allow more than two hours for this visit. You can spend much more time if yo choose. Great exhibits, very good movie that explains the Iron Mining Industry i...  more »
  • There are some decent hands on displays. It really is an interesting museum by giving a deep look at a bygone era.  more »
  • This museum is a bit hidden, but it's a great stop. There's a sign on the main highway and a short jaunt down a paved drive will get you here. It's free admission with a recommended $5 donation in a box by the door. This is a well kept museum with a nice selection of the tools used in the mining of the area. Aimed more toward the school crowd, there are a good number of educational placards around discussing the history and use of the trade in a simple terms. There are a few stations to experiment (compasses and magnets and such). There are quite a few spots talking about the lives of the people that worked the mines, not just the mines themselves, and I thought that was a nice touch. There's a nice gift shop and some nature walking paths around the building itself. If you're on a family trip (or just have an interest in the local history) it's a fun, short stop. Well worth the suggested donation if you make it!
  • Surprisingly interesting! I had no idea iron was so entertaining and important to the area and our country. The exhibit featured interesting displays for both adults and children and admission was a donation. Our 1 hour visit was enough to cover many of the indoor exhibits but not much time on the trail outside.

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