Located in the heart of River County in beautiful downtown Newaygo, the Heritage Museum of Newaygo County collects, preserves, and shares Newaygo
County’s history and culture in a stunning historical building with modern renovations.
The new museum is a great place for all ages to make fun and informative connections with the past. Exhibits on topics such as Native American history, the importance of logging, the rise of farming, and modern-day tourism are just some of the things to experience.
Soothing forest colors, an innovative use of materials, dramatic architecture, and distinctive local artwork are spread throughout the spaces, making a perfect backdrop to highlight the history of a unique region of Michigan.
A new and expanded retail space lets you bring history home with you, and you can host your events in one of our modern, well-equipped venues.
Location: 12 Quarterline Road, Newaygo, MI 49337
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 361, Newaygo, MI 49337
Hours of Operation: Winter (October through April) Thu. Fri. Sat. 11-4, Summer (May through September) Tuesday- Saturday 11-4
Steven Radtke, Executive Director: SRadtke@newaygocountyhistory.org
Colleen Caulkins, Administrative Assistant, Rentals, & Gift Shop: CCaulkins@newaygocountyhistory.org
Scott Looman, Education Coordinator: SLooman@newaygocountyhistory.org
Shawna Smith, Artifact Collections & Exhibits Manager: Ssmith@newaygocountyhistory.org
Ramelle Powell, Volunteer Coordinator: RPowell@newaygocountyhistory.org
Exhibits at the Heritage Museum of Newaygo County are one of the most important things we do. Historic photos and documents, three dimensional objects, and meticulous research all combine to make history come alive for the viewers. Interactive elements appeal to people of all ages, and an innovative method of display creates intimacy while maintaining the scale of the room.
The museum features permanent exhibits on topics important to the development of our community, such as Native American Culture, Logging, the Fur Trade, Farming, the US Military, and Tourism, and has a yearly roster of changing Exhibits highlighting local collections and areas of interest.
HMNC serves all the areas’ 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes with fun and educational field trips. We offer a variety of classes and speakers on a broad array of topics to suit any interest. We are committed to being a good community partner, and collaborate with the Library, the Native Circle, local government, and the Chamber of Commerce to participate in events such as Logging Fest, Children’s Day, Halloween, Light Night, and many others.
We are proud to partner with the Terry Wantz Historical Research Center in Fremont, whose professional and courteous staff are well equipped to handle any and all research requests. They can be found at 30 E. Main Street, Fremont, and an email to Director@TWHRC.comcastbiz.net will get help with research questions.
The exhibits can be folded away for hosting large events too! The Museum features a selection of both spacious and intimate event venues. We have rooms available during the day for meetings or parties, evening rentals of main gallery, and custom-tailored combinations of
spaces to suit your needs admirably.
Our new gift shop the Log Mark Gift Gallery is as unique as our museum. The Log Mark Gift Gallery at the Heritage Museum of Newaygo County offers a wide variety of soft goods including tee shirts, sweatshirts, and hats. Children’s books on history, historical figures, and mysteries are available too! We also showcase local artisans within the community to sell their goods such as pottery, oil paintings, jewelry, Native American dream catchers, jewelry, and leather goods. The Log Mark has an exclusive agreement to sell Gerber Products merchandise such as onesies, tees, and sippy cups.