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Bad Axe Historical Society Museums

Bad Axe, Michigan


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For more information, please contact: badaxehistorical@yahoo.com.


The Bad Axe Historical Society operates and maintains two museum sites in the city of Bad Axe.  Their locations are shown on the map included in this website.  The Society’s efforts are all on a volunteer basis and there is no admission charged.  Of course, your donations of artifacts, old photographs to the history of Bad Axe, or monetary contributions toward maintenance costs will be greatly appreciated.  We look forward to showing you our historical collections.


For more information regarding the Bad Axe Historical Society, please call 989-550-2733 or 989-975-2447.


(click on titles to see pictures of each site)


Bad Axe Museum of Local History (a.k.a. The Allen House)

303 N. Port Crescent Avenue


This 1902 Dutch Colonial home was built by Wallace E. Allen, the town’s longest serving mayor.  The home was owned by only one family and is nearly unchanged from its original configuration.  Although furnished with period antiques, the main objective is the collection of Bad Axe History. “The Keeper’s of Everything Bad Axe”, the museum contains items and information related specifically to the history of Bad Axe, its businesses, organizations, and residents.  Any information concerning these is always welcome.





Pioneer Log Village

205 South Hanselman Street, Bad Axe


This historic village is the largest collection of authentically restored pioneer log buildings in Michigan.  The six individual museums include a pioneer home, general store, one room school, chapel, barn and a blacksmith shop.  They were originally built between 1875 and 1900 and moved to this site from elsewhere around Huron County, Michigan, in the 1980’s.  Each contain period artifacts and antiques that let the visitor step back in time and look into this area’s past.


The last Sunday in June each year is Log Cabin Day in Michigan and is a special event at the Bad Axe village.


Huron County Museum weekend is a county-wide event held the last full weekend in September.


The village is open Sunday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Admission is free.


The chapel can be rented for weddings and special events in the village.  Contact (989) 550-2733 or (989) 975-2447.  There is a fee of $75.

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