Frankenmuth Historical Museum

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Frankenmuth Historical Museum

Frankenmuth Historical Museum
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ292 contributions
Jul 2021
I got to town late and first went to the historical museum but only looked at the gift shop. I was looking for a Frankenmuth book which they had. I didn't think there would be time to go through the museum part before they closed. In looking at the reviews now, maybe I did have time. Didn't realize it was so small. I did enjoy the gift shop and the staff member was friendly.
Written 15 September 2021
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Sherri M
Bellevue, KY11 contributions
Aug 2021
This was a bit more time consuming than I expected. A lot of listening to recorded messages. No public restrooms, but there is a cute gift shop.
Written 8 August 2021
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Creditpat
Anaheim, CA97 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
I found the display about German P.O.W.s to be very interesting. For the first time visitor to Frankenmuth the museum is a must see. Yes, it has a lot of artifacts from a long time ago but also tells the town’s story. It’s inexpensive and won’t take up a lot of time and it’s interesting.
Written 1 July 2021
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Harrybobb
Christmas, MI7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This small museum, which was clearly a professional effort some years ago, now it is very dated, in poor repair, dimly lit, dusty, and just neglected. No doubt the pandemic has been unkind to this museum.
When I say dated, it is because the story told in the exhibits suffers from what ends up being a whitewashed and sanitized narrative. Perhaps most distressing is the treatment (or rather non acknowledgement) of the native peoples who were presumably displaced by the German settlers. One exhibit about the early period celebrates Ojibwe conversion to Lutheranism, a highly settler centric view of American History that no longer should be in an America that is moving beyond the myth of “Manifest Destiny.”
Several interactive exhibits (which were really not historical) are broken, and the use of audio is quite intrusive. Some of the main areas, trying mightily to find a story, instead become an overwhelming amalgam of text, artifacts and photographs.
Finally, in a short term exhibit, considerable space is given to the world wars with a very self-conscious denial of any local sympathy to the German side, rather than an honest telling of what must have been a searingly difficult time. Generic materials ensue, such as a brief timeline of the war, uniforms, and an outsized tribute to 5 Frankenmuth veterans killed.
All in all, it’s time for a reimagining of the museum, with a more honest and clearer story. It’s a very small museum, but could be the center of a visit. Let’s hope the city and state step up and fund to reimagine, rebuild, and then keep it fresh and updated.
Just a footnote: The story here is not one of deception but an acknowledgement that making a really compelling and educational museum is a very difficult task, inevitably influenced by the politics and time it’s created. But good museums are ultimately very much worth doing.
Written 7 June 2021
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Sue
Marinette, WI32 contributions
Aug 2020
We stopped in to see the Museum and they were celebrating their 175th Birthday! Very nice museum with a very good narration of the City's History. Also a nice gift shop for a souvenir.
Written 22 August 2020
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notetime
Utica, MI77 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I enjoyed the self guided tour of the museum. Nice displays, interesting information great hands on activities. Recorded narratives too long to keep my attention. The gift shop has a nice variety and very reasonably priced. The staff on duty friendly and helpful.
Written 9 January 2020
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Gerald D
Kentwood, MI791 contributions
Dec 2019
Worth the time for a brief tour. Set-up as "walk through" dioramas from various eras, and how residents lived. Some exhibits "hands on" for educational experiences by youth. Lumbering and trade exhibits interesting, even if one is not from the area.
Written 29 December 2019
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Katie C
Westland, MI136 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
The rest of the family waited outside while my history buff teen and I went through. It took about 10 min. To go through. Watch your step because the floor is bumpy in the 1st exhibit.
Written 23 December 2019
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Johannawrites
36 contributions
Oct 2019
We didn't expect much when we saw how small the Museum was (the Museum store is also in the space) but were pleasantly surprised by how much was packed into such a small place. There weren't any other visitors so we could walk around the exhibits at our own pace and learn about the history of Frankenmuth. Highly recommend a visit.
Written 6 November 2019
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Dennis Scott
5 contributions
Oct 2019
A nice place to spend a little quiet time and see about the history of Frankenmuth. Nice people staffing it.
Written 26 October 2019
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Frankenmuth Historical Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM