Fort Mackinac Exhibits and Programs

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Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day. Click the link below for daily events.


All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Special exhibits include:

  • Mackinac, An Island Famous in These Regions on the second floor of the Soldier’s’ Barracks presents the full history of Mackinac Island. 
  • Military Medicine at Mackinac: 1780-1895 in the Post Hospital explores medical care at the fort and changing nineteenth-century medical practices. 
  • Kids’ Quarters features hands-on displays and interactive games.
  • Post Guardhouse, Fort Mackinac’s newest exhibit, explores 19th-century military justice with actual cases tried at the fort.


Heritage of Mackinac is featured in the Post Commissary, providing an overview history of Mackinac. It repeats every 20 minutes.