Michigan History Museum Visitor Information

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

Address

702 West Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48915

Location

The Michigan History 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 History 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 History 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 History 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 History 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 History Museum online calendar.

 

How Much Time?

The Michigan History 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.

 

Accessibility

The Michigan History 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 interpreters.

Amenities

While visiting the Michigan History 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 (maximum $8) on weekdays. 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:

  • This is a no cash, no coins system.
  • Swipe your Visa, MasterCard or Discover card to lift the entrance gate. You will not receive a spitter ticket - the system has logged your credit/debit card information with a time-stamp of your entry. Your card will not be charged at this time.
  • To exit the lot, insert the same credit/debit card you used to enter the lot. Your parking fee will be calculated and charged to the card provided; the gate will lift, allowing 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. Buses never need to use a credit/debit card to open the gate. If there is a problem, please press the button on the gate for assistance. Park in the areas designated for bus parking. When exiting the lot, please follow the same procedure as when entering. The exit gate is located across the lot from the entrance gate.

Photography

Personal photography without flash for private use is permitted in the museum and on the grounds. Photographs may not be published, sold or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes.

Photography for weddings and other special events is allowed in the museum during regular open hours. Please contact us in advance to schedule a time. Download our non-commercial photography policy agreement (PDF) for more information.  

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 History Museum.

Updated 11/27/2017