Welcome to the Michigan History Center. We discover, preserve and share the stories of Michigan. We hope you'll join us by visiting our museums, using our archival collections, touring historical markers and heritage trails and participating in our programs and learning adventures.
In accordance with the recommendations of Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan in Lansing and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee are currently closed to the public. The Archives of Michigan continues to provide reference services by phone and by email. Visit DNR Closures for all DNR updates. Thank you for your understanding as we work to reduce the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.
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Enjoy the 12 museums and historic sites in the Michigan History Museum System—your pathway to fun and discovery. The Michigan History Museum in Lansing presents an overview of the state's history. Other historic sites and museums throughout the state focus on themes in Michigan history.
The Archives of Michigan is responsible for preserving the records of Michigan government and other public institutions. The collections also include documents, maps, photographs and film from private individuals and organizations.
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