Museum Galleries
First Floor 

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 and currently recorded Second Saturday presentations...ready to start whenever you are!
 NOTE: The theatre is currently undergoing maintenance and technical upgrades. We will update the website when they are completed.
  • Legends & Logs & Launches
  • Tracks Through Time
  • Cutter Rescues
  • Sunken Treasure
  • Margin of Victory
  • Patrol Craft Sailors
  • Sawdust & Shantyboys
  • The Legacy of Captain Benjamin Boutell 


Second Floor 

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy  
 Learn more about this grassroots member-supported local organization whose goals are to protect water, preserve land and sustain life in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. The Conservancy maintains the Saginaw Birding Trail, which covers 142 miles including Highways M-25 and M-13, as well as 40 miles of the US-23 State Recreation Byway (from Standish to Tawas.)

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.

 Michigan Rock and Roll Legends
Hall of Fame 
 We're very pleased to announce that the Historical Museum has become the official home of the "Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame" exhibit. Located on the Second Floor, the new exhibit offers much for visitors to see and hear! A sampling:
  Photos of the 120 inductees and a Michigan music timeline are located on the Hall of Fame wall. Featured also is the poster art of Michigan artist Dennis Loren. Using a drive-in movie theatre, visitors may watch "The Motown Time Capsule 1960-1979" which gives a look back at 20 years of the famous Detroit record label, and "The Mysterious Death of Del Shannon" which may be viewed using a mobile device.
  The legendary Frankie Lymon tombstone is the centerpiece of the gallery. Display boards briefly tell the story behind the tombstone and how it came to be on display at the Museum.
 Visitors will see autographed guitars and other memorabilia from popular concerts organized in Bay City by promoter Chad Cunningham, signed by Alice Cooper, Beach Boys, Kid Rock and others. In the  hallway is the Bay City Rollers display are their handprints and autographs in cement casts.
  Madonna is the most famous woman born in Bay City, and she is recognized through photographs taken by the late Bay City Times reporter Dick Van Nostrand. The photos were taken at Madonna's sold-out show in 1987 at the Pontiac Silverdome.
  We look forward to your visit! For more information on Michigan's rock and roll legends and their music from the first vinyl era, visit the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends website.