Keweenaw National Historical Park was established to preserve and interpret the story of the rise, domination, and decline of the region’s copper mining industry. Unlike many parks, however, the U.S. Congress legislated that the National Park Service and the park's advisory commission partner with sites owned and operated by state and local governments, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal. The Keweenaw Heritage Sites program, administered by the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, is one aspect of this partnership.
Keweenaw Heritage Sites contain significant cultural and/or natural resources, and make a unique contribution to the copper mining story. Embodying stories of hardship, ingenuity, struggle and success, each site allows you to explore the role mining played in people’s lives here and afar.
Visiting the Keweenaw Heritage Sites
The Keweenaw Heritage Sites operate independently of the National Park Service. Sites stretch along the length of the Keweenaw Peninsula, from Copper Harbor to south of Ontonagon. Hours of operation and admission fees (if applicable) vary from site to site and may change seasonally. Visit a site's website below or contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168 for the most up-to-date information.
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Visit the Mineral Museum of Michigan. Explore mineral collections from the Keweenaw Copper District, the Lake Superior Iron District, throughout Michigan and beyond. Location: Michigan Technological University, 1404 E. Sharon Avenue, Houghton Phone: (906) 487-2572
Adventure Mining Company This site offers a variety of guided tours of a historic mine that operated from 1850 to 1920. Tours range from 45-minute walks to a 3-hour excursion plus a new 6-hour tour requiring advance reservations. Location: 200 Adventure Avenue, Greenland Phone: (906) 883-3371
Opened in 1900, this historic opera house offers a variety of theatrical, musical and community events year-round. Guided and self-guided tours available. Location: 340 Sixth Street, Calumet Phone: (906) 337-2610 or (906) 337-2166
The Cargnegie Museum of Keweenaw shows rotating exhibits about the area's culture and natural history. Founded in 2006, the museum is housed in the former Houghton public library building which was built in 1910.
Location: 105 Huron Street - on the corner of Montezuma Avenue, Houghton
Phone: (906) 482-7140
Chassell Heritage Center
Exhibits follow Chassell's history from a logging camp to today. A collection of vintage clothing provides a glimpse into people's lives. Location: 42373 Hancock Street, Chassell Phone: (906) 523-1155
Copper Country Firefighters History Museum
Built in 1898, the historic Red Jacket Fire Station features displays dedicated to the history of fire fighting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The historic fire trucks appeal to people of all ages.
Copper Range Historical Museum
Artifact-rich displays depict people's lives and work experiences in the range towns of southern Houghton County during the copper mining era. Location: 44 Trimountain Ave., South Range Phone: (906) 482-6125
Coppertown Mining Museum
Housed in the former Calumet and Hecla pattern shop, this museum features exhibits on the former copper mining giant's underground and surface operations.
Location: 25815 Red Jacket Road, Calumet Phone: (906) 337-4354
Delaware Copper Mine At Delaware Mine, visitors can take a self-guided tour of one of the oldest underground copper mines on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Location: Off U.S. Highway 41, 12 miles south of Copper Harbor Phone: (906) 289-4688
Finnish American Heritage Center & Historical Archive
Located on the campus of Finlandia University, the Finnish American Heritage Center houses the Finnish American Historical Archive and Museum, a theater, an art gallery, and the offices of The Finnish American Reporter. Regular performances and art exhibits highlight Finnish culture.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park The U.S. Army built Fort Wilkins in 1844 to keep peace in Michigan's Copper Country. It now serves as an example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. The park also includes the Copper Harbor Lighthouse along with the 1848 light keeper's house and interpretive trails. The lighthouse is reached by boat through the summer season.
Location: 15223 U.S. Highway. 41, Copper Harbor Phone: (906) 289-4215
Hanka Homestead Museum Herman Hanka settled here with his family after he was disabled by a copper mining accident. Volunteers provide guided tours of this 1920's-era Finnish farm. A self-guided brochure is also available.
Location: Six miles west of U.S. Highway 41, off Tower Road Pelkie Phone: (906) 334-2601
Houghton County Historical Museum
Explore this seven-building complex, which includes a museum containing artifacts and photographs spanning 100 years, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, a railroad depot, a research center, and an operating 1915 C&H 0-4-0 steam train. Location: 53150 Michigan State Highway 26, Lake Linden Phone: (906) 296-4121
Keweenaw County Historical Society
The society administers five sites throughout Keweenaw County including the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Central Mine & Village, Phoenix Church, Rathbone School and the Bammert Blacksmith Shop. Visitor Centers are located at the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Central Mine. Location: throughout Keweenaw County, Lighthouse is in Eagle Harbor Phone: (906) 296-2561
This majestic sandstone structure with intricate stained glass windows marks the entrance to downtown Calumet. Organists will again provide visitors with enjoyable music selections some afternoons on the newly restored 1899 Barkhoff Tracker organ. Location: 25880 Red Jacket Road, Calumet Phone: (906) 337-4579
Thomas Hoatson Jr., owner of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company, built this 45-room, 13,000 sq.ft. home in 1908 using the finest and rarest building materials available. Self-guided tours. Lodging available year round.
Location: Garden level of the Opie and Van Pelt Library, MTU, Houghton Phone: (906) 487-2505
Old Victoria Four log cabins, restored at their original remote mining location, give visitors a true feeling of the life faced by copper miners and their families. Guided tours will take you back in time for an hour. Location: 25401 Victoria Dam Road, Rockland Phone: (906) 886-2617
Ontonagon County Historical Society The museum features exhibits on area mining, logging, farming, marine, and social memorabilia. Tours are provided of the nearby lighthouse. Location: 422 River Street, Ontonagon Phone: (906) 884-6165
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park In addition to wild forests and lakeshore, Michigan's largest state park has numerous historical copper mining sites. The 59,020-acre park offers an array of summer and winter recreational pursuits and interpretive programs.
Location: 15 miles West of Ontonagon on Michigan State Route 107 Phone: (906) 885-5275
Quincy Mine Tours
On a two-hour tour of the Quincy Mine, visitors take a guided walk through the hoist house, ride a cog-rail tram, and enter the mine to learn about mining life. Shorter, surface-only tours are also available.
Location: 49750 U.S. Highway 41, Hancock Phone: (906) 482-3101