2018-04-07 / News

Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Art Museum To Open May 3


Mackinac Island will spring to life this season with the first cannon firing at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3. The fort and its empty rampart, which thousands of visitors will climb this season, are pictured on a cold spring day Thursday, March 22. Mackinac Island will spring to life this season with the first cannon firing at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3. The fort and its empty rampart, which thousands of visitors will climb this season, are pictured on a cold spring day Thursday, March 22. The crack of the first cannon at Fort Mackinac will sound at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3, marking the beginning of the 2018 season. Mackinac State Historic Parks will also welcome the first visitors to the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum that day, starting at 10 a.m.

On the mainland, Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City will open the day before, Wednesday, May 2, at 9 a.m.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse will follow Friday, May 4, at 9 a.m.

The state park will also host resident appreciation days at its site Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents of Mackinac, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties will receive a discount on admission to Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Art Museum, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. With proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, admission will be 50¢ for adults and 25¢ for children.

Other Mackinac Island sites will open in June.

Wednesday, June 6, tours at the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence will resume. Free guided tours are held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday throughout the summer.

The historic buildings on Market Street, including the Biddle House, Benjamin Blacksmith Shop, American Fur Company Store, and the McGulpin House, will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

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