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Benzie Area Historical Museum

Fall Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Other times by appointment, please call 231-882-5539

The museum is located at 6941 Traverse Ave, one block west of US 31 in Benzonia.  Traverse Ave. continues about 4 blocks west before becoming River Road, which continues on to M 22 between Frankfort and Elberta. 

The Drake School 

July and August
Saturday - Sunday 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Available at other times by appointment

The school is located in northern Benzie County on the corner of Fowler Road (County Highway 610) and Valley Road (County Highway 677). 


Programs & Events

Benzonia Academy Lectures:
”Life in Native America 400 Years Ago”
with Robert Downes October 10, 4:00 p.m. “Benzie’s Turkey King” with Jerry Heiman November 14, 4:00 p.m. “Christmas Carol Backstories” with Al Bryant December 12, 4:00 p.m. “Impeachment History” with Mike Nagle January 9, 4:00 p.m.

See Events page for details on the Benzonia Academy Lecture series, offered on the second Thursday of each month.

Bruce Catton’s Benzonia: A Walking Tour with Jane Purkis
Sunday, October 13, 1:00 p.m. See Events page for details.

Ghost Stories of the Civil War Presented by Dave Jackson
Saturday, October 26, 7-8:00 p.m. See Events page for details.

Festival of Trees & Christmas at the Museum Friday, November 29, 5-6:30 p.m, Preview & Reception Saturday, November 30, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 1, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. See Events page for details.