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Museum Galleries
Permanent Galleries

Bay County ... Trails Through Time
 For a moment, visualize a tree-lined path to an Anishinabe settlement or the riverbank camp of a voyager.  Gaze for a moment at a white pine or venture into a lumberjack's camp ... these are some of the images that will come to life when you visit this permanent exhibit housed on the first floor.  This 3,700 square-foot gallery features exhibits relating the distinctive heritage of Bay County from pre-contact days through the present.
       
 
The Robert & Anne Hachtel Theatre
 Now showing eight documentaries on local historical topics ready to start whenever you are!
  • Legends & Logs & Launches
  • Tracks Through Time
  • Cutter Rescues
  • Sunken Treasure
  • Margin of Victory
  • Patrol Craft Sailors
  • Sawdust & Shantyboys
  • The Legacy of Captain Benjamin Boutell 

         

KANTZLER MARITIME GALLERY
     
Bay City ... Seaport to the World
  
 This gallery showcases our maritime heritage through interactive and informational exhibits featuring ... the men who built the largest wooden ships on the Great Lakes ... Bay City's world famous tug captain ... life on board ship in the WWII "Donald Duck Navy" ... shipwrecks that line the floor of the Great Lakes ... a young boy who created a new system of navigation on the Saginaw River ... and more.


 Changing Galleries  
 
SECOND FLOOR

THE CAPTAIN BENJAMIN BOUTELL FEATURES GALLERY
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BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD D. DEMARA GALLERY
 

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Be Sure to Visit....... 

"Grow Bay County"

April  16, 2018 - November 3, 2018

  Michigan’s food and agriculture industry is worth $101.2 billion dollars annually and is the second most diverse agricultural industry in the nation with California being number one.  The agricultural diversity of Bay County helps to fuel Michigan’s agricultural success. For example, did you know that Bay County is home to 186 certified Centennial Farms?  Or that in 2017 our local farmers planted 21,047 acres of sugar beets making Bay County third in the State for sugar beet production.  Michigan’s climate and geography provide plentiful rainfall and groundwater for potato cultivation. We rank number one in potatoes for potato chip production. To learn more about the agricultural importance and diversity of Michigan and Bay County visit Grown in Bay County.