The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort. More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.
Brand new for 2019 are new exhibits in the North Blockhouse and the Office. The North Blockhouse will plunge visitors in an immersive, multimedia presentation allowing them to step back in time to the War of 1812 and experience the confusion, fear and drama of the British capture of Fort Mackinac. The Office will feature two updated period settings and two completely new gallery spaces interpreting the training and duties of Fort Mackinac's officers. Additionally, a new tour highlighting historic women of Fort Mackinac will debut.
The Tea Room Restaurant, operated by Grand Hotel, offers lunches, light snacks and beer and wine, and features one of the most stunning views in Michigan.
The Sutler’s Museum Store at Fort Mackinac is located within the ground floor of the Soldiers’ Barracks, built in 1859. The store offers a variety of items unique to Fort Mackinac, and only available inside the fort.