Birmingham Museum

556 W. MapleBirminghamMI 48009
The 1926 Harry and Marion Allen House was designed by Rupert Koch for the first mayor of Birmingham. Its Colonial Revival design cleverly incorporates an 1859 red brick school. The Allen House features changing exhibits. Photo
The John West Hunter House is a small Greek Revival structure, built with vertical planks-an unusual style most typical of Rhode Island. The Hunters were one of three families who purchased adjacent parcels in what is now downtown Birmingham. Photo 2
The John West Hunter House was one of the first frame houses in Oakland County when it was built in 1822, and remains one of the oldest dwellings in all of lower Michigan. It is built of local white pine from what was then a forest wilderness. Photo 3
The natural pond in the park at the Birmingham Museum is beautiful, but has a tragic history. Turned into a swimming hole by the Allens in 1926, their son Jim reportedly contracted polio in its waters. Photo 4
The high fashion, personal service, and unique merchandise of Michigan's own Jacobson's Department Store was exemplified in its flagship store in Birmingham. The beloved retailer became part of Birmingham life over the decades. Photo 5
"CREEM Magazine" was a bold rock publication published in Birmingham from 1973-1986. It launched the careers of some of America's best known rock critics, and is the subject of active research today. The museum offers an immersive hands-on exhibit. Photo 6
The Allen House features a permanent exhbit of a typical 1920s-1930s kitchen with period appliances, kitchen gadgets, and cookbooks on display. Photo 7
These projectile points were found in Birmingham along what was the Saginaw Trail (now Woodward Avenue). They suggest that ancient people used the trail for thousands of years and traded these points. Photo 8
Birmingham's founding families included three sisters whose husbands were among the first to purchase land in the settlement along the Saginaw Trail in Oakland County. Women's day-long labors made it possible for early pioneer families to survive. Photo 9
The museum's Friends provide twice-annual tours of Greenwood Cemetery. Among its occupants: the Booths of Cranbrook, author Elmore Leonard, and Sculptor Marshall Fredericks. George and Eliza Taylor, a formerly enslaved couple, were recent discoveries. Photo 10

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