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Museum Galleries
First Floor 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 
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Second Floor Galleries  

 

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

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.
 
Opening in March 2022...
 
 Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame 
 
We're very pleased to announce that the Historical Museum will be the official home of the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame exhibit. Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.
 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.