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Fort Mackinac

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

TODAY’S EVENTS:
Rifle Firing Demonstrations: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Cannon Firing Demonstrations: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Medicine at Mackinac Program (New for 2024!): 11:00 a.m.
Guard Mount Program (New for 2024!): 1:30 p.m.
Drill Activity: 2:00 p.m.
Dress Parade Program (New for 2024!): 4:00 p.m.
Other tours and programs throughout the day – click here for the full schedule!

About Fort Mackinac

This is Mackinac.

The cannon blasts, the rifles fire, the soldiers march and history comes alive. The oldest building in Michigan and 13 other historical structures boast exhibits explaining everything from military training and battles to medical treatments to family life within the fort.

More than just a military outpost, Fort Mackinac served as a home for soldiers and their families and eventually the headquarters for Mackinac National Park, where tourists to the island visited the great fortress on the bluff, much like they do today.

Seasonal Hours

May 3 – 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 6, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m.
Daily Event Schedule

October 7 – October 26, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Last Admission 3:00 p.m. Admission is ONLY at the Avenue of Flags or north entrance.
Daily Event Schedule

Admission

Adult $16.25
Child (Age 5-12) $9.75

Admission also includes The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, and Benjamin Blacksmith Shop (May 10 – October 6), and the American Fur Co. Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum and McGulpin House (June 1-August 17).

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.

Location Information

Fort Mackinac is located on Mackinac Island within the boundaries of Mackinac Island State Park, on the bluff overlooking the City of Mackinac Island and Haldimand Bay. There are two entrances: via the front ramp off Fort Street and at back off Huron Road at the Avenue of Flags.

Address:
7127 Huron Rd., Mackinac Island, MI 49757
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Live Programs and Tours

Demonstrations and tours by costumed interpreters are scheduled throughout the day. Exciting programs taking place throughout the 2024 season include cannon and rifle firing demonstrations, the popular drill program, a tour exploring the army of the 1880s, a detailed look at Mackinac during its time as a national park, a “Medicine at Mackinac” program, a program exploring what a soldier would have been issued in the late 1880s, a Guard Mount Ceremony, Dress Parade, and more!

Movie

The Heritage of Mackinac is featured in the Soldiers’ Barracks, providing an overview history of Mackinac. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Fire the Cannon

Make your visit one for the record books: fire the opening cannon salute at Fort Mackinac. Click here to find out how!

Exhibits

All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Special exhibits include:

  • Mackinac, An Island Famous in These Regions on the second floor of the Soldier’s’ Barracks presents the full history of Mackinac Island. 
  • Military Medicine at Mackinac: 1780-1895 in the Post Hospital explores medical care at the fort and changing nineteenth-century medical practices. 
  • Kids’ Quarters features hands-on displays and interactive games.
  • Post Guardhouse explores 19th-century military justice with actual cases tried at the fort.
  • North Blockhouse plunges visitors back in time to the War of 1812 to experience the confusion, fear, and drama of the British capture of Fort Mackinac on July 17, 1812.
  • Office features period settings and gallery spaces interpreting the training and duties of Fort Mackinac’s officers.
  • Reading Room is an immersive space that allows you to explore popular titles of the 1880s, read the latest newspaper or periodical, and get a better understanding of what it was like to be a soldier in the 1880s and why the U.S. Army felt it was a good idea to have reading rooms within its forts.

Historic Downtown Mackinac

A Fort Mackinac ticket includes admission to Historic Downtown Mackinac, which includes Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, American Fur Co. Store & Dr. Beaumont Museum, and McGulpin House. Dates and hours of operation vary.

Fort Mackinac Experiences

From firing the iconic cannon and dining in the Tea Room to participating in a drill program and shopping in the Museum Store, Fort Mackinac will be the highlight of your Mackinac Island visit.

Fort Mackinac Exhibits

All fourteen buildings in the fort are restored and open to the public. They are furnished with period settings highlighting the building’s particular function or a themed exhibit. Current Special exhibits include:

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