Pride & Heritage Museum
405 S. Main St. Marine City, MI 48039

The museum building is on the state’s register of historic places. It was built in 1947 as a schoolhouse called Newport Academy.

The museum’s artifact and archival collections bring Marine City’s history and heritage to life in three distinctive galleries that includes the Maritime gallery, Lifestyle gallery, and Business & Commercial gallery.

Highlights of the exhibits include a 4 ½ by 36 foot diorama of the Belle River in 1885, when 5 shipyards were engaged in producing some of the finest ships on the Great Lakes; complete rooms with furnishings dating back 150 years; and a blacksmith shop built on the grounds of the Museum.

The museum is open the 1st weekend June through mid October.

Hours: 1pm-4pm Sat. & Sun.

Newport Academy - The Newport Academy was entered into the State of Michigan’s Register for Historic Sites on June 15, 1979. Built in 1847, Emily Ward established the academy to provide educational opportunities for area children. Miss Ward was a niece of Samuel Ward, the founder of Newport (now Marine City), and sister of Eber Brock Ward, a shipping magnate and wealthy steel industrialist. She conducted the academy for about 20 years. This was one of the first school buildings in the community. The City bought it in 1868 and moved if from a nearby corner to its present location in 1870. It has served as both a private and public school, a village hall and jail, a hose house, a church, and public library. The Community Pride & Heritage Museum has restored and occupied the structure since 1983.

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