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All of the KCHS Museums are closed for the 2013 season. Thank you very much for visiting our sites. We have left the 2013 material on our web site so that you may see the scope of our offerings. We will post the 2014 schedule of activities and hours in the spring of 2014.

Visit our
Publications Page for our newest publication which describes the various type of rescue craft used at the Eagle harbor Life-Saving Station.

Check the Sites and Museum Schedule page for hours and locations for all 11 KCHS museums for the past 2013 season.

The past 2013 schedule for the Adventures in History Series is still posted to show you the type of programs we offer.

Check this column for current news concerning the Keweenaw County Historical Society.

Eagle Harbor in winter
While all of our sites are closed to visitors winter has visited all of our sites.
Click this link to see a page of photos of how our sites looked on March 3, 2014.

The Keweenaw History Museum


The Keweenaw History Museum has a wide variety of exhibits.

Keweenaw History Museum

Once the copper ore was mined, milled, and smelted it was poured into ingots such as these found in the Keweenaw History Museum.

The history of the Keweenaw is a complex mixture of mining, shipping, tourism, and the struggles of every day life on America's early 'Western" frontier. The Keweenaw History museum contains displays that look at each of these areas. The Eagle Harbor exhibit shows photographs of the development of Eagle Harbor from a mining then lumber community to an early tourist destination. The history of mining is displayed through photographs and artifacts that trace the 6,000 year old history of mining in the Keweenaw. The wreck of the S. S. Bangor in 1926 near Copper Harbor and it's load of Chrysler automobiles is examined in detail. Life in the Keweenaw is shown through photos, art works, and even an early Copper County automobile.

The Keweenaw County Historical Keweenaw History Museum is located on the grounds of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse complex in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. It is located in the old Coast Guard garage building on the site.

Since 1982 the Keweenaw County Historical Society has maintained four museums at the light station. Besides the lighthouse, they include a Maritime Museum in the old fog signal building, a Keweenaw History Museum located in the old U. S. Coast Guard Station garage, and Commercial Fishing Museum located in one of the assistant keepers buildings.

Copper Ingots

The museum has a large exhibit detailing the wreck of the S.S. Bangor and the rescue of Chrysler cars similar to this one.

In 1999, Congress transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Light Station to the Keweenaw County Historical Society. The U.S. Coast Guard continues to operate the light at the top of the tower.

The Keweenaw History Museum and the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex are open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission -The Keweenaw History Museum and the Eagle Harbor lighthouse are open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Location - The Keweenaw History Museum is located in the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex, located on Lighthouse Drive. GPS: N 47 27.560 W 88 09.600, Decimal Degrees: 47.459330, -88.160000

Need a map? Feel free to use this Google Map to find the site, get a list of directions, etc. You may wish to use the 'Larger Map' view.


Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information on the history of the Keweenaw.

Keweenaw National Historical park site

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Michigan Tech Archives & Copper Country Historical Collections

Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau

NOTE: The State of Michigan has E.W. Courter's 144 page complete Keweenaw history, 'Michigan's Copper Country' on the web as a PDF.