Welcome to the Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum


Summer Hours

Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Available for TOURS, GENEALOGY AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS outside museum hours. please call 231-882-5539.


Summer Events

Summer Programs

Summer Exhibits

Bicycle & Walking History Tour - Fridays in July and August All tours start at 10:00 am and end at noon. $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Tour group size limited; reservations required. To make reservations either contact the Museum at 231-882-5539 or use the Add to Cart buttons below to buy tickets for a specific tour using a credit card or a PayPal account. No paper tickets will be issued, the PayPal receipt is your ticket. Please bring a copy of your receipt the day of the tour.

Crystal Lake Bicycle and Beulah Walking Tour - 2nd and 4th Fridays in July and August .

Cycle along the Betsie River to the Crystal Lake Outlet then along Crystal Lake following the Betsie Valley Trail to Beulah where you’ll tour the village by foot. Meet at the River Road parking lot along the Betsie Valley Trail. Note that tickets must be purchased by 5:00 P.M. the day before the tour date.

Crystal Lake Bicycle and Beulah Walking Tour - Adult Ticket

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Crystal Lake Bicycle and Beulah Walking Tour - Children’s Ticket - Children must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian.

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Benzonia Academy Lecture Series
”The Blantyre Malaria Project,” Dr. Terrie Taylor, D.O. Thursday, August 8, 7:00 p.m., The Mills Community House. See Events page for details.

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
Enjoy our exhibit celebrating the passion, determination, and grit of the founders and the countless volunteers since that time who have made the Benzie Area Historical Museum one of the finest community museums in the midwest. This exhibit features photographs and artifacts from our 50 years of operation during which we faced a devastating fire and includes a special tribute to Dorothy Hensel, who donated our Museum home and served as the Society’s first curator.

Cycles of Yesteryear 1868-1940
Antique and vintage bicycles on loan from a local collector including an 1868 Velocipede and a Cowhorn Handlebar Tricycle circa mid 1880’s as well as bicycle tools, accessories and memorabilia. Bicycle teams/groups welcome for tours outside
of Museum hours by appointment.

Agriculture, Logging, Victorian Parlor and Kitchen Exhibits

We’ve been refurbishing these exhibits on the lower level of the museum this winter. Come in and check out the new look!

We’ve Landed on the Moon

Jane Purkis and Jerry Heiman Bike Tour 2019.JPG