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Colonial Michilimackinac

TODAY’S HOURS: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., last ticket sold/admission 6:00 p.m.

TODAY’S EVENTS:
Artillery Firing Demonstrations: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Musket Firing Demonstrations: 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Michilimackinac 1781: The End Program (new for 2024!): 2:00 p.m.
Building Michilimackinac: Architecture of the Frontier Program (new for 2024!): 4:00 p.m.
Other tours and programs throughout the day – click here for the full schedule!

About Colonial Michilimackinac

This is Mackinac.

Treasures from the past come to life at this 18th-century fort and fur trading village, reconstructed based on historic maps and more than 60 years of archaeological excavations. As you walk through Colonial Michilimackinac, you are stepping back in time to 1781, when local and global forces uprooted the entire community as soldiers and civilians relocated to Mackinac Island. After six decades as a thriving diplomatic and economic hub, Michilimackinac came to an end in 1781.

Historical interpreters representing voyageurs, British soldiers, and French-Canadian merchant families are stationed throughout the fort to answer your questions and perform demonstrations. The past and present blur into a fascinating and unmatched experience at Colonial Michilimackinac. Watch smoke billow from cannons, mortars and muskets and see residents prepare food and tend the gardens. At one of the longest ongoing archaeological excavations in North America, archaeologists are on site throughout the summer, pulling history from the soil, bit by bit. 

Located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge, the straits, and the Upper Peninsula.

Take your visit to another level: sign up to fire the opening cannon salute OR four of Michilimackinac’s black powder weapons. Click here to learn more.

2024 Seasonal Hours

May 9 – May 31, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m.
Daily Event Schedule

June 1 – September 1, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Last Admission 6:00 p.m.
Daily Event Schedule

September 2 – October 3, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m.
Daily Event Schedule

Fort Fright: October 4 – October 5, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Last Admission 8:30 p.m.
Special event ticket required.

October 10 – October 20, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Last Admission 3:00 p.m.
Open Thursday-Sunday ONLY.
Daily Event Schedule.

2024 Admission Rates

Adult $15.25
Child (Age 5-12) $9.25

Click here for more information and to save on combination and season passes.

Group rates available! If you have 12 or more people visiting with you, please contact our Marketing and Group Travel and Coordinator.

Parking at Colonial Michilimackinac is free. The main lot is located adjacent to the Visitor’s Center off Straits Avenue.

Location Information

Colonial Michilimackinac is located within the boundaries of Michilimackinac State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan, just off I-75 in Mackinaw City. The Visitor’s Center entrance is under the Mackinac Bridge.

102 W. Straits Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Highlights

Live Programs and Tours

Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters take place throughout the day. Cooking, crafts and trades are conducted at key locations and vary by season. Exciting programs for the 2024 season include Michilimackinac 1781: The End, Building Michilimackinac: Architecture of the Frontier, The Pleasures of the Table: Dining Culture at the Merchant’s House, a look at the enslaved community at Michilimackinac, Some Tea and Loaf Sugar: Tea at the British Trader’s House, Bales, Barrels, and Boxes: Supplying the Great Lakes Fur Trade programs, and more!

Movies

Michilimackinac: Crossroads of the Great Lakes, a 15-minute movie, is presented in the King’s Storehouse. It plays every 20 minutes. Attack! at Michilimackinac presents the most dramatic event in the fort’s history. It plays continuously in the Trader’s House of the Southwest Rowhouse.

Ongoing Archaeology 

During the main season, from early June until mid-August, you can witness archaeologists continuing the excavation of Michilimackinac. Taking place each summer since 1959, the dig is one of longest ongoing excavations of its kind in the nation. Click here to learn more.

Exhibits

All sixteen buildings in the fort are open and furnished with period settings or themed exhibits. Special exhibits include:

  • France at Mackinac, 1670-1760, explores Michilimackinac as it was under the French regime.
  • Treasures from the Sand, an underground exhibit exploring the process of historical archaeology.
  • Redcoats on the Frontier, describing the life of the British soldier, including a new interactive space that will allow visitors to step back in time to experience the lives of British soldiers in the 1770s.
  • Powder Magazine and Firearms on the Frontier, a subterranean exhibit describing the preserved ruins of this military structure.
  • Commanding Officer’s House, showcasing the life of Michilimackinac’s commanding officer.

Kids’ Rendezvous 

Children can exercise both bodies and brains as they explore the routes of the fur traders. Located just outside the Visitor’s Center.

Watch the video below to see all that Colonial Michilimackinac has to offer!

Live Programs and Tours

Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters take place throughout the day. Cooking, crafts and trades are conducted at key locations and vary by season. Exciting programs for the 2024 season include Michilimackinac 1781: The End, Building Michilimackinac: Architecture of the Frontier, The Pleasures of the Table: Dining Culture at the Merchant’s House, a look at the enslaved community at Michilimackinac, Some Tea and Loaf Sugar: Tea at the British Trader’s House, Bales, Barrels, and Boxes: Supplying the Great Lakes Fur Trade programs, and more!

Exhibits

All sixteen buildings in the fort are open and furnished with period settings or themed exhibits. Special exhibits include:

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