Michigan Historical Museum Visitor Information

Location | Admission | Dates & Hours | Special Events | How Much Time? | Accessibility | Amenities | Parking | More Info

Address

702 West Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48915

Location

The Michigan Historical Museum is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center, on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard.

Admission

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

Sunday admission is free for all visitors. You can save on admission and museum store purchases when you become a member of the MHC.

Group and other discounts are available. Please see our Admission Fee FAQ for more details.

Days and Hours

The Michigan Historical Museum is open seven days a week:

  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

The Michigan Historical Museum is closed on official state holidays and several other days throughout the year. Please visit our Holiday Closing Schedule for complete information.

After you've visited the Michigan Historical Museum, discover Michigan's State Capitol, just a few blocks away—the State Capitol is open for public tours six days a week.

Special Events

You will find all special events and other activities in the Michigan Historical Museum online calendar.

How Much Time?

The Michigan Historical Museum offers five levels of permanent and changing exhibits that tell the story of Michigan's past from precontact through the late 20th century. Exhibits include interactive computers, audio-visual presentations and hands-on elements. Please allow at least 90 minutes for your visit.

Please Note: We are updating several exhibits in our second-floor galleries that cover Michigan's earliest years to 1900. At times throughout 2016, some exhibit areas or artifacts may not be available for viewing.

Accessibility

The Michigan Historical Museum is located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Designated disability parking is available at the south (wheelchair-accessible) entrance of the building.

A wheelchair may be borrowed (subject to availability) by museum visitors. All museum exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible.

In addition:

  • Videos and touch-screen computers in the third-floor exhibits offer a caption option.
  • With at least two weeks' notice, every attempt will be made to provide sign language and foreign language interpreters.

Amenities

While visiting the Michigan Historical Museum, the following amenities are available:

  • The Museum Store gift shop
  • wireless access to the Internet
  • Food service
  • ATM
  • A nursing room
  • A sick room

Parking

Visitor parking is located south of the building, with a $1 hourly fee on weekdays—cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) accepted. Weekend parking is free. Buses park for free every day; please see instructions below. Visitors should use the Kalamazoo Street entrance, turning onto the circle drive to enter the visitor parking lot.

Additional public parking is available north of the building across Allegan Street (east of the Hall of Justice and Vietnam Memorial). However, the north entrance of the Michigan Library and Historical Center building is not accessible to those with mobility impairments.

Tips on using the automated parking system:

  • To enter the lot, take an entry ticket. Bring the ticket with you when you leave your car.
  • At the end of your visit—before you return to your car—stop at the Pay Station located inside the building entrance facing Kalamazoo Street. Insert your ticket in the slot, follow directions on the screen and pay your parking fee. The machine will dispense a validated ticket. Take the validated ticket with you to your car. (Tickets can also be paid at the exit gate.)
  • Drive to the exit gate on the west side of the lot (Butler Street). Insert your validated ticket into the slot in the exit machine; the gate arm will open to permit you to exit.

Bus drivers: When you arrive, pull forward close to the entrance gate. Laser sensors will note your arrival and the gate will be opened from a remote location. This may take a moment, so please be patient. If there is a problem, please press the button on the gate for assistance. When exiting the lot, please follow the same procedure as when entering. The exit gate is located across the lot from the entrance gate. Buses never need a ticket. Please park in the areas designated for bus parking.

For More Information

Please send us an e-mail or telephone 517-373‑3559.

Find out about college internship opportunities that may be available at the Michigan Historical Museum.

Updated 06/02/2016