Explore 11 Jackson County museums for free on Museum Day

JACKSON, MI — You can visit 11 Jackson County museums for free during Museum Day 2022.

Participating museums will be open to the public, free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Many venues will host an “open house style” reception and self-guided tours, while others will offer activities, historical tours, demonstrations and guided tours, Experience Jackson officials said.

“Our museums focus on everything from transportation to musical instruments, historic buildings, schools and fine arts,” said Rachel Buchanan, marketing and development manager at Experience Jackson.

“On this unique day, we invite you to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture that Jackson County has to offer in these places.”

Each museum will also offer a raffle on site. Participants can download the Check out the Jackson app before attending and completing an app challenge for a chance to win. To ensure strong internet connections, the Jackson District Library will provide Wi-Fi hotspots at participating locations on museum day, officials said.

More information about Museum Day can be found at Check out Jackson’s website.

Here are the participating museums.

Cambridge Junction Historic State Park and Walker Tavern

Address: 13220 M-50, Brooklyn

This 1840s farmhouse tavern was a favorite stopover for travelers heading west to Chicago. Visitors can be shown around the site’s visitor center and barn, officials said.

Ella Sharp Museum

Address: 3225 Fourth Street, Jackson

The Jackson Museum of Art and History will offer a chance to see the museum galleries, historic farmhouse lane, a show at the Hurst Planetarium, and a tour of the Hillside Farmhouse. Planetarium shows and farm tours will be offered every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Conklin Reed Organ Museum & Heritage Park

Address: 105 Fairview Street, Hannover

The Conklin Reed Organ Museum features approximately 95 fully restored and functional antique reed organs. The building is adjacent to Heritage Park, which includes an antique farm equipment barn, a sugar bush and a sawmill. The museum will offer tours of the museum, antique farm equipment, barn and other activities.

Lost Railroad Museum

Address: 142 Michigan Avenue West, Grass Lake

Discover the era of train travel at Lost Railroad Museum. Visitors can take a self-guided tour to learn about the rail cars and the history of the Jackson County intercity rail system, the primary mode of public transportation in the early 1900s. Audio tours and a virtual tour of the Boland-express is also available.

The Mann House

Address: 205 Hanover Street, Concord

Visitors can get a guided tour of the Victorian house in the village of Concord. The house illustrates typical family life in the 1880s.

Tompkins Stewart Historical Museum

Address: 10138 Tompkins Road, Rives Junction

Participants can visit the Farm Museum, which includes tours of the 1800s schoolhouse and log cabin, as well as demonstrations by blacksmiths and weavers.

Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

Address: 13493 Waterloo Munith Road, Waterloo Township

Visit a 13-room farmhouse, which is over 150 years old, and other farm buildings. The Dewey School Museum, three miles north of the Farm Museum, showcases the rural school experience of the 19th century.

Ye Old Carriage Shop Automotive Museum

Address: 3537 Henderson Road, Spring Arbor

Take a guided tour of the Spring Arbor Museum, which features primarily Jackson-made automobiles, miscellaneous automobiles, and collectible memorabilia. Coloring activities for children and refreshments will be available.

Michigan Military Heritage Museum

Address: 311 N. Wisner Street, Jackson

Take a tour and learn about Michigan’s rich history of contributions to war and peace. The museum focuses on Michigan’s involvement in the US military, but also includes artifacts from around the world and from different time periods.

Grass Lake Historical Society and Coe House Museum

Address: 371 Michigan Avenue West, Grass Lake

Home to the Grass Lake Area Historical Society since 1972, this historic house-turned-museum was built in 1871 in the vernacular Tuscan architectural style. The Grass Lake Area Historical Society has since renovated the house in Victorian-era fashion.

First Universalist Church

Address: 200 Hanover Street, Concord

Visit the Sanctuary of the First Universalist Church Building, which will be open all day for viewing.

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