The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw features changing exhibits about local cultural and natural history. Many of our exhibits include hands-on activities providing an excellent destination for people of all ages.

A Sense of Place

Current exhibits

Keweenaw Basalt


The Making of Modern Houghton: 1940 - 2015

The Making of Modern Houghton examines changes from post World War II to today that formed what we now call the City of Houghton. It was created in collaboration with MTU students in Dr. Carol MacLennan’s Ethnographic Methods class. Each of the seven students’ work is presented as an individual interpretive panel, complemented by an illustrated timeline of events informed by their collective investigations. The students’ research, which includes oral interviews of local residents, will form the basis of part of a permanent exhibit about the history of the city of Houghton planned for the Museum’s Community Room.

No Place Like Home

What makes where you call home special, like no other place on earth? The physical features that make a location unique and the memories we have that connect us to that location is what gives us a “sense of place”. Here on the “Third Coast”, our lives are often described in terms of our relationship to the landscape – especially to Lake Superior and our 200 inches average annual lake-effect snowfall. Several interactive displays help us examine some of the aspects that inform our Copper Country “sense of place”.

Ray Lahikainen: Houghton Waterfront Paintings

We are excited to announce that we will have the honor of displaying a selection of six paintings of old Houghton by artist Ray Lahikainen, on loan from Finlandia University.

Past Exhibits

Our past exhibits, catalogued by exhibit year. A limited number are available and constantly being added on-line.


Music in the Pines: A History of the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival

Beer UP



From the Old School

Rural Reflections

Last Days of Italian Hall

Family Ties


Written in Stone: Exploring the Natural History of the Jacobsville Sandstone

Maass Brothers: Copper Country Architects

Temple Jacob Centennial: A History of Hancock’s Jewish Community


A Stroll Down Shelden Avenue: The Commercial Development of Downtown Houghton 1852 – 1910

Engineering the Gateway to Success: A Tribute to Engineers Past and Present

Remember Me: Letters and Photos from World War II Soldiers to a Laurium Barkeep

Behind the Curtains: The Making of the Rockland Opera

Across the Border: Canadians in the UP

We Have To Go Out: A History of the Life-Saving Stations of the Keweenaw


100 Years of History at 105 Huron Street: History of the Houghton Public Library and the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw Available On Line

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Houghton Public Library, the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw created an exhibit that traces the history of the building that housed the city’s public library for 96 years and then became the home of the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw.

Building Bridges: Golden Anniversary of Portage Lift Bridge

Stories from the Woods

Senter of the Copper Country: The Story of the Atlas Powder Company of Senter, Michigan


African Americans in the Keweenaw

The Lake Superior Boys: Civil War Soldiers from the Portage Lake Area

Fifty Years Ago Today: 1958 in Photographs



Let it Snow

Above & Below: The Shipwrecks of Isle Royale

Wolf & Moose of Isle Royale: 50 Years of Research

Painting the Past: Artwork of the Finlandia Art & Design Students Who Created the Carnegie Museum Murals

You Gotta Have Guts!: The History of Guts Frisbee and the International Frisbee Hall of Fame

Copper Country Gardens

Conflagrations of the Copper Country


Copper Country Navy: The Naval Reserve Surface Division, Hancock, Michigan

One Potato, Two Potato

An exhibit about the ordinary potato, including a photo essay about the UP’s history of potato farming curated by Erik Nordberg, MTU Archivist, the potato’s natural history; its importance as food, and its place in popular culture.

School Sports – Past and Present

Created by two Houghton High School students, this exhibit features the ancient rivalry between Houghton and Hancock High Schools.

Shipwrecks of the Copper Country


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