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Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee

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The Michigan Iron Industry Museum has been active in Michigan since the mid-1970s. The rich mining heritage in the region is still present today. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum allows visitors to learn about the iron industry, its impact on the iron range communities, and the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader. It overlooks the Carp River Forge historic site. The forge operated from 1848-1855 and was the first iron manufactory in the Lake Superior region. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This museum is very well done with attractive, easy to read & view exhibits that flow in one general direction. It has an interesting introductory film and a well-informed staff. We learned a lot and ...  more »
  • A wonderful museum about the mining industry in Michigan. A great film and lots of displays about a very hard job. Well done.  more »
  • As a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula I was eager to visit this museum about the iron ore industry which provided jobs for my family, friends and relatives. The museum is well laid out and chronic...  more »
  • This was a very well-designed, informative museum that piqued my interest in the history of the Iron industry. The museum is rather small, it took us about 45 minutes to see everything, reading almost all the text. However, this makes sense given the niche orientation of the museum. One thing I really appreciated was the fact that the site of the museum was historic in a way that related to the content the museum covers. That is a rare occurrence. Usually you come across a museum that focuses on a historical topic of interest, but rarely is the site itself historic. In this case, the museum is on the site of the Carp River iron processing plant, the first of its kind in the U.P. As to the museum, it did a great job of making the content relevant, through longitudinal exhibits which showed the progress of the iron mining industry from its earliest days to today. It also excelled at connecting the industry to American industrial development as a whole. For example, iron miners were exempt from the draft and the Great Lakes region, specifically Michigan, supplied a huge percentage of the iron for the two world wars. I was surprised also to learn that other, more well known mineral extraction 'rushes', such as the Gold Rush, pale in comparison to the wealth the iron mining industry brought in. I also greatly appreciated the incorporation of the voices of ordinary workers throughout the exhibits. Overall, a small but informative museum that I would recommend if you are passing through or staying in the area.
  • Very informative, although I'm pretty sure that someone urinated inside the mine display at the end.