Visit us and explore Leelanau cultural and maritime history in our newly expanded museum!

North to Leelanau “Land of Delight” debuting July 2017 – A visual journey through the small towns of Leelanau County as they went from centers of logging and industry to beloved destinations for summer retreat.

In Focus: Photography, History, Art – Discover the lives of the fishermen that inspired the pen and ink drawings by celebrated local artist, Keith Burnham. In another facet of the exhibit, photographers a century ago (and more recently) give us a view on life in Leelanau.
Great Lakes Fur Trade and the Voyageur – View the interpretation of a trapper’s cabin and learn about the first important economy of the Great Lakes region, the intrepid Voyageur, and the beaver.

Shipwrecks of the Manitou PassageThe exhibit illustrates the stories of the lost ships of the Manitou Passage, considered one of the most dangerous waterways in the Great Lakes.  Go beneath the waves and see the work of divers and archeologists, sharing a view of the past.

Traditional Anishnabek Arts Room Our extensive collection of black ash baskets and quillwork from Leelanau’s Odawa and other Anishnabek artists is on permanent display.  The collection, curated by Laura Quackenbush, is the result of more than 20 years of study, donations, purchases and work by staff and volunteers.

Leland – Through photographs, visitors see Leland of long ago, over the past 130 years.  Leland, first established in 1853 by Antoine Manseau and his family, developed into a manufacturing center with a sawmill, dam and the Leland Iron Works.  That era of industry faded toward the end of the nineteenth century and Leland gradually became a popular resort destination…as it is today!

For information on Leland’s Historic Fishtown, visit