Cultural experiences in art, history and science are waiting across the 8 acres of The Besser Museum of Northeast Michigan, where over 47.000 artifacts are houses, plus a full dome planetarium AND a large fossil park. Are you excited to explore?
How about art - kids, do you know many famous artists? Well if not, a trip to the Besser Museum will fix that! The art exhibits rotate through the extensive collection of fine art from local, regional, national and well, world-renowed.
Have you ever heard of Dali, or Cezanne, or Picasso, or Warhol? The Besser Museum showcases works from such incredible talents, it's quite an experience to see them in person!
If history is more to your liking, you might be excited to know that The Besser Museum features an 1890s Avenue of Shops, where you are transported back to the turn of the century, plus a historic village with five original structures - each over 100 years old!
There's a 1911 Alpena Flyer vehicle as well as the Alpena Motor Car Company exhibit, or you can uncover prehistoric and Native American artifacts as you learn of the peoples who called the lakes and the forests home.
If you love wildlife, head on over to the Natural Wildlife Gallery, featuring native and non-native fish from the Michigan Great Lakes, plus mounted species from all around the world!
Don't forget to make a stop at the Dome Planetarium Theater to check out some out of this world shows, and get digging in the outdoors for those fossils!
The worlds or art, science and history come to life at The Besser Museum, all they need is YOU!
$5 / Planetarium shows extra
$3 (Ages 6 to 18) / Planetarium shows extra
Free for members, veterans & active military, plus Alpena Community College Students with ID
On average, it takes about an hour to see the museum. It also depends on the type of patron you are. If you enjoy reading the signs and literature, you may want to allow a couple hours.
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit! There are plenty of places
Coming from the South follow US 23 through town. You will pass Alpena General Hospital on the right (East) as you come to the intersection of Johnson Street. Turn right (East). Besser Museum is on the left (North) about 1/4 mile from the intersection. Coming from the West on M-32 follow it into town to the junction of US 23 (Chisholm Street). Turn left (North). Follow US 23 through town. You will pass Alpena General Hospital on the right (East) as you come to the intersection of Johnson Street. Turn right (East). Besser Museum is on the left (North) about 1/4 mile from the intersection.
Speak to staff about taking students - it's such a great field trip, particular for art students with those artists there!
The Gift Shop is open museum hours and features mini-Besser blocks, science kids, art, puzzles, books, picture guides, mugs and more!
Give them a call to check on the accessibility
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10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 4pm Sunday
Open year round but closed major holidays
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