Updated: Jun 24, 2021
Ontonagon County Historical Society
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the oldest permanent settlement on the south shore of Lake Superior with a visit to the Ontonagon County Historical Society museum in the distinctively purple building on River Street in Ontonagon.
Examine pre-Columbian copper and stone implements, a replica of the Founder’s Cabin, copper mining tools and displays highlighting mining in the 19th and 20th centuries. Marvel at the faithful model of the Ontonagon Copper Boulder, the 3708-pound mass of float copper now in the Smithsonian Institution. The boulder drew mining companies and investors to the area and began the copper “rush” that predated the California gold rush.
Enjoy exhibits that illustrate the historical logging and fishing industries. Explore displays of medical tools, musical instruments, and a host of other items that illustrate the history of the village and county.
Do you have ancestors from the area? The museum also offers limited assistance in genealogical and historical research. Bring your children and treat them to a treasure hunt hosted by museum volunteers.