Tours
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Backyard Birding
Learn about the birds of Michigan and the adaptations that help them to survive in a variety of environments. For more information about extended activities that coordinate with this tour, visit our Extended Activities page. To schedule a tour, fill out the Backyard Birding registration form​.

The Bear Trail (New free preschool program)​​​
Go on a bear hunt to see bears and live the life of a bear. Don't forget your teddy bear. To schedule a tour, fill out the Bear Trail registration form​.​

​​Great Lakes Adventure (New & Temporary)
Great changes have occurred in our Great Lakes over the past 100 years and changes are continuing. What are these changes and what has caused them? How are the changes affecting our everyday lives? Can we do anything about possible threats to the Great Lakes? Students compare the Great Lakes of 100 years ago and today to discover the differences and then take a tour of the temporary exhibit, "Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes" to see what has caused the changes. For information about extended activities that coordinate with this tour, visit our Extended Activities page​. To schedule a tour, fill out the Great Lakes Adventure registration form.​ ​

​Let's Rock​
​​Participate in hands-on activities that will teach you about different types of rocks, the rock cycle and how to identify rocks in your own backyard. For information about an ​extended activity that coordinates with this tour, visit our Extended Activities page​. To schedule a tour, fill out the Let's Rock registration form.​

Life in the Trenches: WWI (New and Temporary)
Come to our one-room schoolhouse and experience life during World War I as we guide you through our new temporary exhibit, "Sacrifice and Service: The WWI Experience." Learn what caused the war using a 1910 map of Europe and learn about the war support from the home front. Get drafted, experience censorship, learn about trench warfare, and participate in a trench warfare simulation. To schedule a tour, fill out the Life in the Trenches registration form.​

One-room Schoolhouse
Our reconstructed, historic one-room schoolhouse, located on CMU's campus, is also available for use by teachers to provide their students first-hand experience with the atmosphere and accouterments associated with a schoolhouse of the early 1900s. To schedule a tour, fill out the One-room Schoolhouse registration form​.

​​​​​Uncovering Michigan's Prehistoric Past
Warm coral ocean, glaciers, mastodons and Paleoindians are all part of Michigan's prehistory.  How do we know this? Learn about and examine different kinds of fossils to see their relation to Michigan prehistory.  Discover the importance of bogs in preserving the evidence. For information about extended activities that coordinate with this tour, visit our Extended Activities page​. To schedule a tour, fill out the Uncovering Michigan's Prehistoric Past registration form.​​​

Michigan Through the Ages
Students will travel through time in Michigan beginning with Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans. They will visit a fur trader's cabin and see the beginnings of the Columbian Exchange. They will experience the life of ​Michigan pioneers and lumberjacks in a lumber camp. For information about extended activities that coordinate with this tour, visit our Extended Activities page​. To schedule a tour, fill out the Michigan Through the Ages registration form​.

​​​Things That Fly (New)
​What keeps an object in the air? Why do some things fly and others do not? Learn about the forces involved in flight and then use this knowledge to make and test things that fly. To schedule a tour, fill out the Things That Fly request form​.


Tour information/resources​
 

Information for t​eachers wishing to schedule a visit to the museum or schoolhouse:

Contact us by email or call 989-774-3829.

NOTE: Please schedule at least two (2) weeks in advance to reserve a time slot to avoid conflicting visits.

Suggested donations:
Tours:  $0.50 per student and $1 per adult

Hands-on Program: $2 per student

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