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Museum Galleries

Permanent Galleries

Bay County ... Trails Through Time
For a moment, visualize a tree-lined path to an Anishinabe settlement or the riverbank camp of a voyager.  Gaze for a moment at a white pine or venture into a lumberjack's camp ... these are some of the images that will come to life when you visit this permanent exhibit housed on the first floor.  This 3,700 square-foot gallery features exhibits relating the distinctive heritage of Bay County from pre-contact days through the present.
       
The Robert & Anne Hachtel Theatre
Now showing eight documentaries on local historical topics ready to start whenever you are!
  • Legends & Logs & Launches
  • Tracks Through Time
  • Cutter Rescues
  • Sunken Treasure
  • Margin of Victory
  • Patrol Craft Sailors
  • Sawdust & Shantyboys
  • The Legacy of Captain Benjamin Boutell          
KANTZLER MARITIME GALLERY
     
Bay City ... Seaport to the World
  
This gallery showcases our maritime heritage through interactive and informational exhibits featuring ... the men who built the largest wooden ships on the Great Lakes ... Bay City's world famous tug captain ... life on board ship in the WWII "Donald Duck Navy" ... shipwrecks that line the floor of the Great Lakes ... a young boy who created a new system of navigation on the Saginaw River ... and more.


Changing Galleries

THE CAPTAIN BENJAMIN BOUTELL FEATURES GALLERY
                             and     
BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD D. DEMARA GALLERY
    
September 23, 2013 - November 29, 2014
Creations in Scale: The Practical Art of Ship Models

This new exhibit will feature several types of ship models from the Museum's collections, many of which have never been on exhibit. Included will be five new ship models from the Patrol Craft Sailors Association collection, and others from the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society's collection. 

THE LEGACY GALLERY

Closed for Renovation