Historic Downtown Mackinac

Historic Downtown Mackinac

Mackinac State Historic Parks operates several historic structures in the downtown area of Mackinac Island. The McGulpin House, American Fur Company Retail Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum, Biddle House, and Benjamin Blacksmith Shop are all located on Market St.

Though only open during Mackinac State Historic Parks’ main season, admission to these sites is included with your purchase of a Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum or Fort Mackinac ticket.

To learn more about Historic Downtown Mackinac, click here: Historic Downtown Mackinac

 

The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

Be inspired.  

This is Mackinac. 

Nowhere else does such a rare and exceptional collection of Mackinac-related art and photography come together to tell Mackinac’s story.

In complement to the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum allows visitors to experience fine and decorative arts inspired by Mackinac through the ages.

One of the most diverse art museums in the region, the museum’s collection offers no shortage of beauty and history – from hand-beaded Native American garments and 17th and 18th-century maps of the Great Lakes, to one-of-a-kind pieces from the height of Mackinac Island’s Victorian era.

Original photographs from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century present the beauty of Mackinac as captured by the camera’s eye. Featured are the works of William H. Gardiner, including dozens of his famed early-twentieth century hand-tinted views.

Highlights

Exhibits

Fine and decorative arts related to Mackinac are presented in four long-term exhibits. The first floor main gallery contains works depicting views of Mackinac from the early 19th to the late 20th century as well historic maps. Two smaller galleries feature decorative and Native American Art. Mackinac photography from the permanent collection is featured on the second floor. Audiovisual presentations provide deeper exploration of some of the prominent works.

2022 Gold Medal Winner “The D.M.C.” by Kelly Heck. 

2022 Contemporary Art Show: Mackinac Journeys

The theme for the 2022 juried art exhibition is “Mackinac Journeys.” Every Mackinac journey is unique. From lifelong residents to the novice first-timer, the journey to, around, and from Mackinac is always memorable. The gallery is on display through October 9. At the June 15, 2022 awards ceremony, Kelly Heck won The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Gold Medal for “The D.M.C.”

2023 Contemporary Art Show: A Mackinac Day

The theme for the 2023 juried art exhibition is A Mackinac Day. There’s always something special about being able to spend a day on Mackinac. The sun seems to shine a little brighter. The sky seems a little bluer. Even days where things don’t go to plan can seem perfect. Everybody has their “Mackinac Day.” We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what A Mackinac Day means to them. Click here for more information.

Artist-in-Residence Program

Mackinac has inspired artists for generations. Here’s your chance to let it inspire you. Click here for more information.

Kids’ Art Studio

How has Mackinac inspired you? Allow your creativity to flow in the Kids’ Art Studio, where art museum staff have prepared projects every day or the materials to let you create your own work of art.

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Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac

Iconic.

This is Mackinac. 

The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.

A link to a page for information to fire the Fort Mackinac cannon.

Highlights

Live Programs and Tours

A map and descriptions of buildings inside Fort Mackinac.

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Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day. Exciting programs taking place throughout the 2022 season include cannon and rifle firing demonstrations, the return of the popular drill program, a tour exploring the army of the 1880s, a detailed look at Mackinac during its time as a national park, a program exploring how the fort has changed over time, and a program dedicated to the women who called Fort Mackinac home.

Click the links below to find out what will be happening during your visit.

June 4 – September 4, 2022
September 5 – October 9, 2022
October 10 – October 23, 2022

Exhibits

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 explores 19th-century military justice with actual cases tried at the fort.
      • North Blockhouse plunges visitors back in time to the War of 1812 to experience the confusion, fear, and drama of the British capture of Fort Mackinac on July 17, 1812.
      • Office features period settings and gallery spaces interpreting the training and duties of Fort Mackinac’s officers.
      • Reading Room – brand new for 2022! This immersive space will allow you to explore popular titles of the 1880s, read the latest newspaper or periodical, and get a better understanding of what it was like to be a soldier in the 1880s and why the U.S. Army felt it was a good idea to have reading rooms within its forts. Check out a little sneak peek of what to expect in this new exhibit:

Movie

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

Watch the video below to learn more about Fort Mackinac!