Inside in an Outside World!

Marquette Regional History

This itinerary was written with indoor things to do during those cold winter months, but can be customized for any time of the year.


9 – 10:00 am

Begin your day in Marquette with a visit to the Marquette Regional History Center. The permanent collection includes artifacts from the prehistoric copper culture through contemporary times. Travel back and explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, unique artifacts and engaging oral histories, which bring the 11,000-year journey to life.


10 – 11:30 am

A few miles down the road pay a visit to The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum in Ishpeming, near the shores of Lake Superior. Known as the “Birthplace of Organized Skiing,” it is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and archives relating to the history of skiing. It contains displays on over 350 honored members, trophies and equipment, plus a gift shop, library and theater.


11:30 – 1:00 pm

Enjoy lunch and a fresh brewed beer, brewed right on sight at the Jasper Ridge Brewery Restaurant & Lounge.


1 – 2:00 pm

Spend some time in Negaunee where you can travel back in time at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum and the Negaunee Historical Museum. Attractions include permanent and temporary exhibits, outdoor interpretive paths and a high-definition video – Iron Spirits: Life on the Michigan Iron Range. Discover unique gifts at the Museum Store.


Note: Negaunee is also home to the Historic Vista Theatre, hosting live performances throughout the year.


2 – 5:00 pm

Marquette County Convention & Visitors Bureau will give you all the details you need to set out on this Hollywood style quest for what happened here so many years ago with the Anatomy of a Murder tour. Explore the sites associated with the filming of this 1959 movie. Based on the best-selling novel by Ishpeming defense attorney and author John Voelker, the courtroom drama is a true story of his experience successfully defending an army lieutenant charged with shooting a bartender in Big Bay. The film was directed and produced by Otto Preminger and starred Jimmy Stewart and Lee Remick.


5:00 pm

Following the tour, enjoy a casual dinner at the Thunder Bay Inn—the restaurant/pub that was built onto the historic hotel to film the seven-time Academy Award Nominated film Anatomy of a Murder. Your group may also choose to spend the night here. This hotel overlooks Lake Independence, was built in 1911, and converted to an inn by Henry Ford in the 1940s. The inn features a large lobby and fireplace, a gift shop and fourteen rooms, all decorated with antiques and period styling.


For more information on this sample itinerary, contact your tour operator or the Marquette County CVB at 1-800-544-4321 or

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