The museum is operated by the Leelanau Historical Society with the mission to preserve and share the history of Leelanau County to inspire others to explore and interpret the past for future generations to learn and appreciate. Located at 203 East Cedar Street in Leland, on the banks of the Leland River, two blocks from historic Fishtown and Lake Michigan.
Museum | Store Hours
JUNE-SEPT: Tue–Fri ~ 10am-4pm, Sat ~ 10am-2pm | OCT–MAY: By Appointment
Leelanau county once boasted five lighthouses and one lightship, each marking their own unique spot within the Manitou Passage, providing mariners with an aid to navigation prior to the advent of radar and sonar technology. Learn about these beautiful beacons in our exhibit: Lighthouses of Leelanau. Also view Leelanau Weddings Through the Decades featuring wedding dresses, accessories, photos, and love stories from 1860-1950. The exhibit You are Here: Mapping Leelanau will debut July 2019. See maps of Leelanau from 1850-1950 and see how cartography has documented our peninsula’s history.
Shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage: Loss and Legacy, brings the stories of several major shipwrecks to life and links events and circumstances that surround them to modern times. Viewers go beneath the waves to see the work of divers and archaeologists, and to share in many secrets of the past. Also visit the permanent Anishnaabek Basket and Quillwork Room, featuring the Society's signature collection of black ash baskets and quillwork on birch bark, primarily the work of Leelanau Peninsula's Odawa artists.
The Leelanau Historical Museum store offers a selection of books by local and regional authors, gifts, art prints and other native specialties. The store is open when the museum is open.