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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
                             and     
BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD D. DEMARA GALLERY
 

 
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Now Open....... 

A Century of Preservation: Stories from our Collection

April 22, 2019 – May 29, 2020  

  In May 2019 the Bay County Historical Society turned 100 years old! In celebration of this historic milestone a special exhibit was planned,  featuring the history of the Society and some of the unique items that have been collected and preserved over the years.  The exhibit also explains what a museum is and how artifacts are cared for to preserve them for future generations.