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The Akeley Building at 200 Washington Street has been the home of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum since 2004. In addition to our exhibits in the Akeley Building, the Museum produces outreach exhibits stationed throughout the community to reach as much of the public as possible. Our mission with every exhibition is to “create connections to local history,” from the distant past to current events and contemporary art. Use the links to learn more about past, current, and upcoming exhibits at the Museum!

Do you have an idea for a special exhibit in the museum, an outreach exhibit, or a guest curator for our case? Contact us by using the Exhibition Proposal Form. 

Exhibitions Committee

Previous guest curator Vickie Everett next to her case

Community Curator Case

The museum also invites you to come be a curator! The museum has a community curator case on the first floor, with dimensions of (5'H x 4'W x 1 1/2' D with 4 removable glass shelves). If you have a collection that you would like to display, contact us at with your name, collection type, and potential dates for display. Each display is approximately one month long. 

If you would like to become a virtual curator of this space please check out our recent blog post. 


Special Exhibits


The Tri-Cities Historical Museum has three spaces for rotating exhibitions: Centennial Hall, the Small Gallery, and the Mezzanine. When there is no exhibit in Centennial Hall (off-season): From October to April, Centennial Hall is the museum’s main events and rental space. See our Rentals page for information about pricing and availability.

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is interested in gathering input from the community on exhibitions! We are creating an Exhibitions Committee comprised of museum staff, board members, and interested members of the public. This committee will ensure that the museum exhibitions cover a diverse range of topics and will assess proposals for future exhibitions. The Exhibitions Committee will meet at the museum on a quarterly basis, and members of the general public will serve two year terms. Committee members should also be prepared to volunteer for the museum at exhibitions and events. We welcome inhabitants of the Tri-Cities to apply to become a member of the committee. You do not have to be a historian or a museum professional to be on this committee! We are interested in community members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who want to make the museum’s exhibitions reflect the multifaceted experiences of Tri-Citizens. Committee members must be able to commit to a full two-year term and pass a background check. To apply or nominate a fellow community member, please contact Exhibitions Curator Kate Crosby ( and let her know you are interested.


If you can’t commit to a full term as a committee member, you can still give your feedback and suggestions for exhibitions through our website or by contacting Exhibitions Curator Kate Crosby ( We would love to hear what you think about our exhibits and topics we could cover in the future, whether for Centennial Hall or an outreach exhibit.

Outreach Exhibits

Outreach exhibits allow the museum, headquartered at 200 Washington Street in Grand Haven, to extend the impact it has on the community. If you have an idea for an outreach exhibit, submit it with the form on this page. Current outreach exhibits are located at:

Ottawa County Courthouse:
414 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Loutit District Library:
407 Columbus Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Grand Haven City Hall 
519 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED 
Ottawa County Road Commission
14110 Lakeshore Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Monday - Friday: 7:30 - 4:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Hemlock Crossing Nature Center
8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49460
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Monday: CLOSED

Spring Lake Village Hall
102 W Savidge, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Spring Lake Library
123 E Exchange St, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Monday - Thursday: 9:30 - 8:30 PM
Friday - Saturday: 9:30 - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Ferrysburg City Hall
17290 Roosevelt Road, Spring Lake, MI 49456
Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED


Centennial Hall approx. 67’ x 32’ (~2100 square feet), currently painted Sherwin Williams Décor White, large windows, many pillars break up the space. The large painting and fence do not move.

Mezzanine approx. 11’ x 24’ (~260 square feet), currently painted Sherwin Williams Humble Gold, no windows.

Education Room approx. 43’ x 21’ (~900 square feet)

Warming Kitchen approx 16’ x 22’ (~350 square feet)

More information coming soon.

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