City Hall and Walking Tours

  The Bay County Historical Society offers a variety of tours that highlight Bay County’s history and community from May - October. Tickets for public walking tours will be available in Museum Store. Tours for school or private groups may also be arranged. All tours will leave from the Museum lobby. Seven days notice preferred. For more information contact Sam Fitzpatrick at (989) 893-5733.


City Hall Tour

Cost:  $1.00/person
 The Historical Museum offers private guided tours of Bay City’s historic City Hall. Tours must be scheduled during City Hall's regular business hours. Clock tower tours are limited to the hours of 9am-3pm. (7 days notice required)
 The Museum also offers special curriculum-related programs for school groups.



Downtown Bay City
Architecture Walking Tour 
Cost:  $10.00/Adult    $5.00/12 & under
  Today just like in Bay City's past, we have a booming downtown. Old buildings filled with charm dot the main streets of Washington, Center and Madison Avenues. Everything that a successful "heart'' of a city needed could be found here: drug stores, markets, clothiers, restaurants, grocers, government offices and entertainment venues. 
 Local architects Pratt & Koeppe left an architectural legacy, and were famous for constructing many of the sites to be seen on the tour. Albert Kahn of Detroit (Fisher Building, Cadillac Place and the Belle Isle Conservatory among others) even had a hand in some designs here. Besides beauty and splendor, the featured buildings also hold stories that shaped our city's and county's history. The tour will share information highlighting the history and importance of these structures.


  NOTE: Visit our "Upcoming Events" page for information about scheduled public  Tours.


Hell's Half Mile Walking Tour
 Cost:  $10.00/person    $5.00/12 and under

  In the late 1800s at the end of the lumbering season, as many as 5000 lumberjacks (“shanty boys”) would collect their hard-earned pay and head for a six-block strip along Bay City’s waterfront called “Hell’s Half Mile.” There they would find a variety of gambling houses, theaters, raucous saloons and brothels, as well as tunnels and catacombs under the city streets.

 The tour will visit Water Street and the surrounding area, and explore the history of this notorious district with stories of persons and events that helped give Hell’s Half Mile its fame. 

Note: The tour will contain historical references containing graphic violence and adult subject matter. Discretion is recommended for those taking part, particularly if children are to be included.