Stuart House City Museum
City of Mackinac Island Museums

7342 Market Street
Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757
(906) 847-8181

Admission by donation   10 AM - 4 PM
Memorial Day weekend until early October

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Stuart House City Museum - Mackinac Island, Michigan
Stuart House City Museum
Stuart House City Museum - Mackinac Island, Michigan
The Stuart House City Museum on Mackinac Island, Michigan is one of several buildings which were the center of John Jacob Astor's Great Lakes fur trade in the 1820s. Today those buildings house the Mackinac Island City Hall & community building, fire hall, courthouse and police department, in addition to the museum. 

The American Fur Company was founded in 1808 and following the war of 1812, established a monopoly on the fur trade in the Great Lakes, growing into one of the largest and wealthiest businesses in the United States. The Stuart House was built in 1817 to house the resident agent of John Jacob Astorís American Fur Trading Post.

Robert Stuart came to Mackinac Island in 1817 as an assistant to Ramsay Crooks and replaced him as the agent from 1820 until 1835, when the fur trade had greatly declined. By the Civil War, the Stuart House was used as a boarding house. From the 1870s through the 1920s, it was linked to the other buildings in the complex and operated as a hotel. The links between the buildings were removed and the Stuart House City Museum was started in 1941.

Today, the City of Mackinac Island operates the museum during the summer, with admission by donation.

My favorite part of the museum is the old photographs of Mackinac Island, but the most unique features of the museum are the many models of Island buildings which were built by Dale Gensman from Rochester Hills. Another interesting piece of Island history is Cubbie the Mackinac Island Bear, a black bear which lived on Mackinac Island in the 1940s and whose adventures were made into a children's book in 2010.

Mackinac Island pictures Mackinac Island

Fort Mackinac

Mackinac Island in Winter

Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Mackinac Art Museum

European exploration of the upper Great Lakes
17th Century exploration of the upper Great Lakes and Straits of Mackinac

Fur trade on Mackinac Island
The story of the fur trade told in the words of people from that time

Dale Gensman models of Mackinac Island buildings and attractions
Just a few of the Dale Gensman models

Stuart House City Museum bedroom
Recreated second floor bedroom

Model of Round Island Lighthouse
Round Island Lighthouse model built by a grandchild of Frank Rounds, a carpenter who worked on the lighthouse and the Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island Courthouse and city offices
Mackinac Island Courthouse & Police at left, Community Hall & City Offices at right

Stuart House City Museum Map - Mackinac Island, Michigan
Map to the Stuart House City Museum

 Mackinac Island home  Mackinac Island in winter

Lighthouses of the Straits of Mackinac     Mighty Mac Home

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