Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette

SONY DSCIt’s hard to imagine spending any time indoors when planning a trip to someplace like Marquette. The city, surrounding area, and pretty much most of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are an outdoors enthusiast’s dream. There are enough outside adventures to keep the whole family active and happy. There are times, however – like when the kids don’t want to go on another hike, or when the weather isn’t cooperating – when indoor time is necessary. If you’re in Marquette and that’s the case, definitely bring the kids to the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum.

The museum’s space isn’t very large but it is packed with interactive exhibits, enough to keep my daughter interested for almost four hours.The biggest draw was the turtle pond where visitors can hold and pet the turtles. I had a hard time convincing Lucia to leave the turtles behind to see the rest of the museum.

My favorite part was the “Comparing Cultures” exhibit. I wanted to just stand there and check out the books and maps but Lucia just wanted to PLAY.


So we headed into the next room where there was, of all things, an airplane! Lucia and I both crawled inside the cockpit and pretended we were flying off to various places around the world. I’m pretty sure Lucia had fun but I had a blast!


After her stint as a pilot, Lucia went on to be a TV news weather reporter…

…and a 911 operator.

"9-1-1, what is your emergency?"

“9-1-1, what is your emergency?”

When it was time to leave, Lucia would hear nothing of it. Full-on tears and a fit of crying ensued. If her meltdown was any indication of how much she enjoyed the museum, the “fun” meter reading was off the charts!

Additional information

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum is located at 123 West Baraga Avenue. Hours and admission info are as follows:

Mon – Wed: 10-6
Thurs: 10-7:30
Fri: 10-8
Sat: 10-6
Sun: 12-5

Infants: Free
Children: $5.00
Adults: $5.00
Family Rate: $25.00

My family’s trip to Marquette, including admission to the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, was provided by Marquette County CVB and its partners. All words and opinions, as always, are my own.

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2 Responses to Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette

  1. Tonia April 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    I can’t wait to stop by here on our next trip to the UP. We go there every summer and usually stop in Marquette for a rest. Our son will love it!

    • Francesca April 17, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Tonia. I’m so glad you’re planning to stop at the Children’s Museum on your next trip to the U.P.! It really was a lot of fun; my daughter had a blast. I’m sure your son will love it, too!

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