Archives and Collection

The Lakeshore Museum Center collection contains around 70,000 items pertinent to the natural and cultural history of Muskegon County. Our changing exhibits cover a variety of themes. We welcome research inquiries on Muskegon history topics. Please contact our Archivist to place a research request.

The Lakeshore Museum Center Collection includes:
  1. Social History and Demographic Material: Tax records, plat maps, and various directories help researchers find information about who lived in Muskegon County and where they worked and lived. Artifacts illustrate the material culture of the inhabitants of Muskegon County through history.
  2. Company and Organizational History Material: Records and objects associated with businesses and organizations help researchers study the economic and social history of Muskegon County.
  3. Image Collection: Over 10,000 photographs illustrate events, places, and people who shaped Muskegon County.

For more donation information or questions:
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Finding aids to some of our larger archival collections are available and may help you identify materials for a research appointment.

Use our Finding Aid Topic PDFs (to the right) to assist in narrowing your search.


The Lakeshore Museum Center reserves the right to decline to reproduce copyrighted or otherwise protected materials. Any materials obtained from the Lakeshore Museum Center must be cited and the collection referred to upon publication of scans or photographs of collection objects.

Interested in donating artifacts and archival materials?

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