Welcome to the Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum
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.
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.
Elberta and Frankfort Tour - 1st and 3rd Fridays in July and August.
This tour starts at Penfold Park in Elberta and follows along the Betsie Valley Trail to Frankfort.
Elberta and Frankfort Bicycle Tour - Adult Ticket
Elberta and Frankfort Bicycle Tour - Children’s Ticket - Children must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian.
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.
Crystal Lake Bicycle and Beulah Walking Tour - Adult Ticket
Crystal Lake Bicycle and Beulah Walking Tour - Children’s Ticket - Children must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian.
Ready To Checkout?
Joy 2 Ride Benzie: We are collaborating with nonprofit Joy 2 Ride Benzie on both bike tours. The program allows individuals who are physically unable to pedal/ride a bike the opportunity to enjoy our fantastic Betsie Valley Trail by using a specially designed wheelchair bike and volunteer “pilots”. This is for the elderly, challenged, disabled either permanently or temporarily from illness, and those of any age. Guests do NOT necessarily have to be “disabled” BUT perhaps just unable to pedal/ride a bike themselves! This Wheelchair Bike is designed to let someone else do the pedaling while the Guest enjoys the tour. Call Joy 2 Ride at 231-651-0434 to reserve your tour spot.
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