The Michigan History Museum, like so many attractions, has been closed to the public, due to coronavirus, since spring of 2020. News of its reopening is joyful, indeed, and a real sign that things are slowly getting back to normal.
The museum is located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center building in downtown Lansing. This is just a quick drive from our Lansing area hotel, The English Inn, Restaurant & Pub.
Exploring the Museum
The Michigan History Museum offers four levels and more than 25 permanent and changing exhibits. The topics fully explore the state’s rich history, from pre-contact up through to the late 20th century. Plan to spend at least 90 minutes at the museum, if not longer.
Museum exhibits include interactive computers, audio-visual presentations, and a variety of hands-on elements. One of the biggest surprises are the live, three-story tall trees growing INSIDE the museum on the second level. The nearby, two-story high, relief map of Michigan is also a big hit.
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At the turn of the 19th century, Lansing was evolving from a frontier town to a center for commerce, government and culture. As this shift occurred, impressive, more permanent buildings began to spring up. Through the care of the community and dedicated groups like the Lansing Historical Society, many of these buildings still stand and can be admired by you today!
Central United Methodist Church. (215 North Capital) One of the finest Richardsonian Romanesque churches in Michigan, outside of Detroit. The structure is made of dark red Ionia Michigan sandstone. All of the trim is red oak. Built in 1889, it is an important part of the Greater Lansing community. It is possibly the only church designed by Elijah E. Myers, architect of the State Capitol.
Herrmann House on Lansing Community College. (520 North Capitol Avenue) Built by successful German immigrant and businessman John Herrmann once his business took off. Now a part of the Lansing Community College and home to the president of the College.
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The English Inn, our Eaton Rapids Michigan Bed and Breakfast, is just 30 minutes from the Michigan Capitol, the Michigan Historical Museum, and the Hall of Justice. We all admire these buildings as we travel past them, but it’s good to be reminded that it is possible to tour them, as well.
A good place to start is the Michigan Historical Museum, located near the Capitol and the Hall of Justice. The Museum contains many items from the state’s past, from the First Peoples who lived here prior to the arrival of Europeans, to the present. Special Exhibits change frequently. For up to date information, please visit Michigan Historical Museum.
The Michigan Hall of Justice is truly splendid. This six story limestone masterpiece, crowned with a glass dome, stands at the west end of the capitol mall. The words “freedom, truth, equality, and justice” are etched in the marble entrance, an invitation to citizens. Walk-in visitors are welcome, and refreshments may be found at a café in the south wing. Tours are available for groups of eight or more; please call 517.373.7229 for reservations.
The Michigan State Capitol is no less impressive than the Hall of Justice that faces it. The rotunda is a work of beauty, seen from the outside or from the floor beneath it. The Michigan State Capitol welcomes visitors. Tours are offered frequently, though they do tend to fill far in advance. Tour Information is available at Michigan State Capitol.
Whether you are staying at our Bed and Breakfast near Lansing for business or pleasure, you will surely enjoy visiting the Michigan Capitol, the Hall of Justice, and the Michigan Historical Museum.