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Port Huron Museums Starts Free Admission Season

By The Port Huron Museums

(Port Huron, MI 30th, 2022) Things are gearing up for a very unique season at Port Huron Museums!  Saturday, April 2nd, marks opening day for the three satellite sites of Port Huron Museums, and the first day where the public can take advantage of the new free admission policy for the Museums.  

Thanks to a grant from the City of Port Huron and several corporate sponsors, all Port Huron Museum sites will offer free admission for one year. This will include the Carnegie Museum, the HURON Lightship, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum and the grounds of the Fort Gratiot Light Station. While the Carnegie Museum keeps regular hours year round, the other three sites are open on weekends in  April and May, before transitioning to seven days a week for summer.  

“We hope to welcome many tourists this summer, as well as give our local residents a chance to come see our shared cultural heritage at the sites. If you haven’t been to the Museums, this season is a great opportunity to stop in and see the history in your own backyard!” said Andrew Kercher, Community  Engagement Manager.  

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Work has been going on behind the scenes to create new never before seen exhibits, as well updates to old favorites at the sites in preparation for what could potentially be a record breaking year. Last year saw the completion of the work on the HURON Lightship after 2020 flooding, and thousands of dollars funded by state grants have gone into a total restoration of the lantern room at the Fort Gratiot Light  Station. “Perspectives,” a local art exhibit will be opening in April at the Carnegie Museum alongside the children’s Discovery City exhibit, which has been extended into 2023. Over the winter, artisans have been hard at work repairing and replacing components on the 19th century Grand Trunk car at the  Thomas Edison Depot Museum. 

While admission to all Port Huron Museums’ sites is free, there is a small charge for special exhibits and guided tours at the lighthouse will cost $10 for individuals or $25 for families. Thanks to an ongoing grant from the City of Port Huron and the James C. Acheson Foundation, costs at Discovery  City are limited to just $5 per child, and no charge for those with EBT or Bridge Cards. There is no charge for parents to the children’s exhibit. These costs are waived for Museum members. 

More details about each of the sites, special programs, tours and upcoming exhibits can be found on the  Museums’ website www.PortHuronMuseums.org

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