Muskegon Heritage Museum offers exciting opportunities for groups to learn about the history of Muskegon’s industries and historic homes. We welcome school tours during the regular museum open hours as well as anytime during the year.
Although the museum is self-guided, tours with a museum docent should be scheduled in advance. Student tours include demonstrations and hands-on activities planned in collaboration with the classroom teacher.
To schedule a group or student tour please contact Kirk Bunke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Tour Details:
- Print a bookmark on an antique printing press
- Papermaking demonstrations
- See an 18-Ton working Steam Engine
- Watch 100-year-old working machinery
- Design a lumbering industry log mark
- Watch a working Brunswick Pinsetter up close
- Find out how springs are made and then take one with you
- “Then and Now Museum Mysteries”
The Muskegon Heritage Museum offers special field trip opportunities for school groups free of charge for all schools in Muskegon County. One of the museum’s goals is to help school children understand the history of Muskegon’s industries, businesses & homes.
The museum can accommodate school tours anytime during the year. We work to make your visit fit your curriculum, state standards and classroom needs by offering many hands-on opportunities for students. The typical time for a visit is 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the plan created for you and your students. Let us know what we can do for your class by contacting the Museum Educational Coordinator.
Students, working in small groups, will observe a printing press from 1907 and print a bookmark. They will see a demonstration of office equipment from early 20th century. They will watch industrial machinery working from a line shaft that is powered by the Corliss Valve Steam Engine. Students will have a chance to see paper being made and hear a Chase Hackley Player Piano from the 1920s. Students will see many logging tools, learn about Muskegon’s lumber mills and make their own log mark on a “log cookie.” Students can participate in a “Then and Now Museum Mysteries” activity to explore other artifacts in the museum.