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Admission Fee FAQ

The Michigan Historical Museum's admission fees support the museum's education programs, visitor services, exhibits and public programs. The museum's business model relies on supplementing state funding with earned revenue, grants and private support through the Michigan History Foundation. If you don't find the answer to your question on this page, please send us an e-mail.


What is the admission charge?

The following shows individual admission charges for visitors to the Michigan Historical Museum.

Adults (18+) - $6 ($4, if eligible for discounted admission - see below)
Seniors (65+) - $4
Youth (6-17) - $2
Children up to 5 years - Free

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Where do I pay for admission to the Michigan Historical Museum?

You can pay your museum admission at the Visitor Services desk located by the south entrance of the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

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How do I pay for museum admission?

You can pay your museum admission using cash, check (payable to "State of Michigan") or credit card.

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I already pay for parking at the museum. Why am I asked to pay admission?

The museum parking lot is administered by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which uses parking fees for parking lot maintenance and improvements. The Michigan Historical Museum does not receive any money from parking fees. See museum location and parking information.

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I am a classroom teacher/homeschool educator who likes to bring my students to the museum for field trips and education programs. How does the new admission impact our visits?

There's good news for the thousands of educators who bring an estimated 70,000 students to the Michigan Historical Museum on field trips every year. Up to five adults, plus one classroom teacher/homeschool educator, get in free with every school group; other adults pay $6 each and children ages 6-17 pay $2 each. See information on our education programs.

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How can I save on admission to the Michigan Historical Museum?

There are a number of ways to save on admission to the Michigan Historical Museum. Please note that discounts cannot be combined.

* Purchase a Michigan Historical Museum annual pass. (See details below.)
* Join our Friends of Michigan History group and receive discounted adult admission as a member benefit.
* Sign up for the Recreation Passport and receive discounted adult admission for yourself and up to three companions as a Passport Perk.
* Visit the Michigan Historical Museum on Sundays—all visitors get free admission, free parking.

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What is the Michigan Historical Museum annual pass?

The museum annual pass gives you unlimited visits and a 10% discount at the Museum Store. Buy the annual pass that suits your needs:

* Individual pass ($40) - good for one adult plus one guest
* Household pass ($50) - good for up to three adults plus children

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Where do I purchase a Michigan Historical Museum annual pass?

You can purchase a museum annual pass at the Visitor Services desk located by the south entrance of the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

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Is there a group discount on the admission fee?

Yes. When a group consists of at least 20 adults, those adults receive discounted adult admission. This discount is not for school groups.

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Can I combine my eligible discounts to save more money on admission?

No. Only one eligible discount may be used for a museum admission.

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Can I use my annual pass to get discounts on museum programs that charge a fee?

The museum annual pass gives holders a discount on special programs and events.

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Is there an admission charge for visiting the Library of Michigan or the Archives of Michigan?

No. Although the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan are both housed in the same building as the Michigan Historical Museum, library and archives visitors will not be charged admission.

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Contact the Michigan Historical Museum.

Updated 11/27/2013

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