While in Harbor Country, visit our wonderful museums!
Art, trains, history and things for curious people! Discover the history of the area through your visit to one of the areas many museums.
Museums of Harbor Country
Greek Museum of Berrien County, 18000 Behner Road, New Buffalo, Through compelling vintage photos, as well as colorful artifacts, costumes and textiles, the “Greeks of Berrien County” brings to life the history of the Greeks — from the early 1900s to the present. Individuals or groups can see the exhibit by calling 630-391-3608 or 269-469-0081 www.greekmuseumofberriencounty.com
Three Oaks Bicycle Museum, 3 Dewey Cannon Ave, Three Oaks, located in the Dewey Cannon Trading Company. Come see our 1860’s Boneshaker or the 1890’s Tally-Ho Tandem. The Museum also houses an 1892 “Elliot Hickory” bicycle that comes with an interesting story. See the 1940s-era Western Flyer as well. From the 1950’s TV show Kid’s Say the Darndest Things, there is miniature pedal-powered Jim-Dandy Surrey with fringe. Another piece is the 1998 “Monster Cruiser” complete with 36-inch wheels. The Three Oaks Spokes Club’s collection has bikes displayed in the museum too. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm. 269-756-3361 www.applecidercentury.com
New Buffalo Railroad Museum, 530 S Whittaker, New Buffalo. The New Buffalo Railroad Museum is housed inside a Pere Marquette Depot replica on the historic rail yards of New Buffalo, Michigan. The “Little Museum That Could” educates and enchants visitors who experience the re-telling of the area’s history with special emphasis on its railroad heritage. 3 stalls of the original roundhouse and coal tower can be viewed. Displays include items from the original train depot plus Pere Marquette and Pullman artifacts. Rail yard crew and steam engine photos, and a large collection of equipment including lanterns are also shown. Visitors operate the HO scale hand-crafted model train layout, which replicates a historic picture of the city in miniature. A rare restored World War II Pullman Troop Sleeper Car, C&O Chessie Box Car and Great Chicago Fire Pumper are open for discovery. The “Gateway To Michigan” collection presents the historical endeavors of local pioneers. Kid friendly with interactive children’s activities available for different age groups. Visitors can chose to join a free guided tour or discover the museum individually. Hours: April-Dec. Open 7 days. Noon – 5 pm. No admission. Donations appreciated. (269) 469-8010 or http://newbuffalorailroadmuseum.org.
Region of Three Oaks Museum, 5 Featherbone Ave, Three Oaks. The Museum allows us to tell our stories and those of the Pokagons, the voyagers, pioneers, settlers and early manufacturers. We seek to preserve this tiny, luminous sliver of history! Located in the historic downtown of Three Oaks.www.regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com
Wilkinson Heritage Museum, 15300 Red Arrow Hwy, Lakeside. Documents the history of Wilkinson/Lakeside with a collection of photos, an antique doll collection, clothing and everyday items used by early pioneers and residents over the years. Call for hours. Admission is free. 269-469-2090
530 S Whittaker St
New Buffalo, MI 49117 US
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Museums of Neighboring Communities
Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN. Barker Mansion is the former residence of local millionaire-industrialist, John H. Barker, who built the Haskell & Barker Railroad Car Company, which later became Pullman-Standard. The mansion was built in 1857, and shortly after the elaborate 38 room structure was finished, both Mr. and Mrs. Barker passed away, leaving the mansion and the Barker fortune to their only child, Catherine, who later donated the structure to Michigan City. The building is now a lasting tribute to Barker’s philanthropy and is open to the public for tours. It is typical of turn-of-the-century opulence and features rare woods and marble, beautiful one-of-a-kind tapestries, impressive collections of books and paintings, and a third-story ballroom where the Barkers entertained in royal fashion.
Tours Given: Monday – Friday: 10am, 11:30am & 1pm. (June 1st – Oct 31)Saturday – Sunday: Noon & 2pm. Hours are CENTRAL Time. Closed Holidays. 219-873-1520 www.laportecounty.net/history/barker.html
Curious Kids Museum, 415 Lake Blvd, St Joseph. A just-for-kids museum is open all year! Curious Kids’ Museum hosts over 100 hands-on Exhibits for ages 1- about 10 years old. Enjoy a wide variety of Discovery Fun from the Awesome Apple Orchard to the Vet Clinic to Global Child Village, to Media Mania. Navigate the Great Lakes ship, Be an electron to make electricity, pull a bubble around you, and much more! It includes special exhibits, classes and workshops. 269-983-CKID, Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday noon – 5pm www.curiouskidsmuseum.org
Hesston Steam Train Museum, 1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields. Ride our 1/4 scale and 1/8 scale steam railroads. Both meander over bridges and through an enchanting wooded landscape. Open every Holiday and weekend (Saturday and Sunday) starting on Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Then open every Sunday after the Labor Day weekend until the Ghost Train weekends in mid-October. Museum Grounds open at 11:30am CDT. Trains start running at noon until 5pm CDT. The Hesston Steam Museum is on CENTRAL TIME. 219-872-5055 www.hesston.org
Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, offers monthly exhibitions in four galleries. Their permanent collection of contemporary sculpture can be viewed on their grounds and around their community. Docent-lead tours can be arranged by calling the Krasl Art Center’s Education Department or pick up your free SculpTour brochure at Krasl. Art classes and workshops are offered onsite in a wide variety of artistic media: pottery, painting, jewelry making, drawing for the beginning or established artist of all ages. 269-983-0271, www.krasl.org
Lubeznik Art Center, 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City, IN Just steps away from Michigan City’s lakefront, Lubeznik Center for the Arts features world-class exhibitions in five galleries; an outdoor art collection; a popular Gallery Shop featuring artisan-made, one-of-a-kind items; plus classes, performances and after-hours events.
Open Tuesday–Friday 10am-5pm, Weekends 11am-4pm (Central time).
219-874-4900 or www.lubeznikcenter.org