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Michigan Library and Historical Center

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Michigan Library and Historical Center

702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48915

The Michigan Library and Historical Center building, home of the Michigan History Museum and the Archives of Michigan, is located in downtown Lansing.

The museum's five floors provide a walk through time, beginning with Michigan's first people's, the Anishinaabe, and ending in the mid-20th century. While the Archives, located on the first floor of the building, hosts millions of public records, including probate files, naturalization records, tax rolls, cemetery transcripts, local histories, circuit court case files, prison registries and more.

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Visitor information

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Phone: 517-335-2573


Phone: 517-335-2576

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Please note: The museum and archives are closed on state holidays and several other days throughout the year. View the holiday schedule for complete information.

Museum hours

  • Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Archives hours

  • Monday – Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed
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Parking at the Michigan Library and Historical Center is managed by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Building and Parking Services. Visitor parking is located south of the building, with a $5 daily rate 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 people who cannot use stairs.


Designated accessible parking is available at the barrier-free south entrance of the building.

Tips on using the automated parking system:

  • This is a no cash, no coins system.
  • Press the “Payment” button
  • Press the “Confirm” button
  • Insert your credit card into the credit card acceptance slot - do not remove the card until prompted
  • Press the green, “Enter” button on the keypad
  • You will be prompted to remove your card and take a ticket
  • The gate will open and you can enter

The exit gates will raise automatically when exiting the lot.

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.


The following amenities are offered at the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Please note, there is no food service available. The cafeteria provides tables and chairs to enjoy "bring your own" food and beverages.
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