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

The Leelanau Woman– Opening September 10! A collaboration between Meg Simpson of Meg Ashley Photography and Kim Kelderhouse, the museum’s Curator of Collections, focusing on women’s vintage fashion and places of historical significance around Leelanau County.

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.

Life on the Islands: North Manitou and South Manitou – Explore life on the islands during the most diverse period in their histories. Meet the homesteaders, loggers, fishermen and their families who were the intrepid residents of the islands.  Become acquainted with the resorters who traveled from Chicago to spend idyllic summers on Cottage Row.

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.

Ross Richardson, who spent the last decade searching for and documenting shipwrecks off the coast of western Michigan, collaborated with LHS to update the Shipwrecks exhibit, providing new photos and information. Richardson extensively researched the legend, the history and his predecessors’ search efforts to discover the Westmoreland, which he located in 2010.

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 http://www.fishtownmi.org/