The mission of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum is to collect, preserve, display, and interpret the cultural and historic record of Northwest Ottawa County for the benefit and education of area citizens and visitors.
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A Special Museum for a Special Place
A unique mix of culture and history awaits you at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum. Whether you have a day or an hour, whether you’re a local resident or an out-of-town visitor, a trip to the museum is sure to fascinate and entertain you.
The Akeley Building
Enjoy this virtual tour of our first floor exhibits!
Located at 200 Washington Ave., our main museum features three floors of experiences that help visitors orient the past with the present. A combination of permanent and ever-changing temporary exhibits will acquaint you with the Tri-Cities’ place in local history as well as in the broader world. The exhibits tell the story – and special events, classes, and tours make the story heard!
The Akeley first floor is a chronological history of the area, with immersive exhibits on a range of local topics such as: Native American contributions, the fur trade, early settlers, industry, commerce, and daily life.
The Mezzanine floor features two gallery spaces for temporary exhibits. Past exhibits have showcased topics broad and narrow – from Asian, African, and Middle Eastern art to surfing in Grand Haven.
Upstairs, an authentically recreated soda fountain highlights what was once one of Grand Haven’s largest industries. Nearby, a 1920s doctor’s office and display of early medical tools and equipment make you glad for the 21st century!
The largest space on this floor is used for major temporary exhibits, which change yearly. Whatever we present here, you can be sure it is interesting! This large space also makes a wonderful venue for small gatherings – see our rental options.
The Community Archives and Research Center
The Community Archive and Research Center (CARC) is now open!
In order to better serve our community and fulfill our mission, the CARC building was renovated to properly house the artifact collection, allow a greater ease of access to research and local history information, and provide space for interaction with dedicated collections staff.
Have a local history question or looking for photographs? Collections staff will research the permanent collection for items pertaining to your request. For your convenience, we can often share watermarked digital copies of photographs or information via email. For rare occasions when artifacts need to be seen in person, an appointment can be made and staff will handle the artifact. For any questions or special requests please download a research request form or contact: Meredith Slover, Curator of Collections firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-842-0700 ext. 200.
Independent Research Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
The research library contains many books and files available for independent research during open hours.
Please no food or drink, pencils only. Photocopying available; first 10 sheets are free, 10 cents per page after that.
Interact with Us
Are you curious about history or researching a historical project? Ask our staff to help you use our collection of 3D objects and 10,000 photos to answer your questions.
Do you have something that should be preserved as part of Tri-Cities history? Our donation process makes it easy.
We invite you to explore our new website and get to know your history!