Bay City ... Seaport to the World
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.
BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD D. DEMARA GALLERY
*EXHIBIT NOW OPEN*
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.