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Keweenaw National Historical Park

Founded in 1992, Keweenaw National Historical Park preserves the rich history of copper mining in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan. It is one of the only places in the world to source commercially abundant elemental copper. The mining heritage of the park is over 7000 years old. Owing to the cooperation between the park and a host of historic sites, the area has been established as a popular attraction for tourists. Visitors can gain a deeper insight into the site's past and heritage value of copper in Keweenaw. Apart from its historical features, the park is also known to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation such as hiking and camping.

Calumet Visitor Center

Calumet Visitor Center is nestled in Keweenaw National Historical Park. This immersive visitor center is set in the old and well-preserved Union Building that was built back in 1889. Spread across multiple floors, the center features several interactive exhibits that take you through Calumet’s history. Here, visitors can learn about the copper mining industry and its effects on the town during the mid-19th Century. Visit the center to learn more about Calumet's boom as a mining town, its culture, and the closure of the famous Calumet & Hecla Mining Company through audio-visual displays.

Copper Country Firefighter's History Museum

Set within a longstanding building that dates from 1898, the Copper Country Firefighter's History Museum offers a closer look at the nuances of firefighting in the area and its history. Visitors to the informative museum can take a closer look at several time-honored elements and equipment such as fire sleds, a brass fire pole, and hand pump wagons. Additionally, you can also survey the fire trucks featured here and gain a deeper insight into the firefighting techniques of the historic station. Owing to its historical significance, the museum is an integral part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's

A historic facility that serves various functions aimed at facilitating an awareness of Copper Country's history, the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's is a treasure trove of heritage and culture. Visitors to this enlightening center can learn about the area's past through a bevy of illuminating exhibits and displays. Another significant element through which the center dispenses information regarding the culture of Copper Country is the musical events regularly held within the premises. Gain a deeper insight into local traditions and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the mining community during your time here.

Coppertown USA Mining Museum

To learn more about the history of copper mining as it prevailed in the area, drop by the fascinating Coppertown USA Mining Museum, which highlights the industry's nuances in vivid detail. Here, you can peruse numerous exhibits and displays that illuminate the various facets of copper mining while also providing information about historic equipment and minerals. The museum occupies a building that once served as a pattern shop, thereby lending more credence to the nature of its showcases and historical paraphernalia. A souvenir shop can also be found within the premises.

Calumet Theatre

Established in 1900, Calumet Theatre can seat hundreds of guests. This Neo-Renaissance style theater is spread across two floors. It features several stunning murals that are a sight to behold. Many interesting theatrical dramas, musicals and concerts are held here. Since 1971, this theater has been marked as a National Historic Landmark. Book yourself a guided tour of this old theater and learn about its splendid historic past. Home to the iconic radio variety show "The Red Jacket Jamboree", the theater is now a spectacular heritage site under the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

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