The Museum is a well lighted, air-conditioned, handicapped accessible facility. Plan 15-45 min to view our exhibits. Open: Summer hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day): W F Sa Su 10am - 2pm. Spring (Mid-Apr to Memorial Day) and Fall hours (Labor Day to Mid December) Saturday and Sunday 11am - 1pm. Closed Mid December to Mid April. Special tours (year around) by arrangement. We are located on River Street, one block from the swing bridge on Crooked River, and right off US 31. We are dedicated to maintaining and preserving the History of the Inland Water Route of northern Michigan.
We have nice displays that include photos and artifacts on each community along the entire water route, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Alanson, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan. We also have special focus displays on logging, railroad use, and lodging as it pertained to the early settlement years of the water route. Visit our gift shop with Old Charts (repos), relief maps of each lake, hats, coffee mugs, place mats, coasters, sweatshirts and more. We also have two books related to the water route that we publish. These books are very good easy summer reading books. They are: In the Wake of the Topinabee by Browne, and Then Came May by Hufford, and are excellent gifts. A new exhibit planned for 2009 is "The Impact of Train Travel on the Inland Water Route". This highly anticipated display includes many rare images. Safe Travels!