Mackinac Bridge Museum in Mackinaw City

6-24-16  –  Day 4 of BIG Michigan Trip


Mackinac Bridge Museum

Bridge Museum plaque on building

Mackinaw Bridge Museum display

Our day in Mackinaw City would not be complete without a visit to the Mackinaw Bridge Museum to learn more about this important connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan.  It is open spring through fall, closes in winter.  Residents and visitors alike love their bridge and are not shy about showing it.  Our first view of the bridge as we approached Mackinaw City sparked the same reaction in us.  The bridge celebrates its 60th birthday in 2017.

First view of Mackinac Bridge text hearts

The agency charged with the upkeep of the bridge and safety of people crossing is the Mackinac Bridge Authority.  They have offices in both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.

There is a $4.00 toll payable on the St. Ignace side, which helps pay for maintenance and professional drivers. They drive people across the bridge in bad conditions or if you have a fear of bridges.  Tune your radio to 530 or 1610 AM to hear a broadcast on bridge conditions.  If there are good conditions, you hear a welcoming message to the Upper Peninsula (U.P.).

Enjoy this view of the bridge from  Michilimackinac State Park and hear the broadcast, a 4 min-33 sec. looped message.  A bonus, the freighter Joseph L. Block  goes under the bridge!

This bridge is beautiful, day and night.

Mackinac Bridge from Gary Williams Memorial Park in Mackinaw City

Let’s go inside now and take a look at the exhibits.  On the ceiling are hard hats worn by the iron workers.

Museum Room with hard hats

Five men died in the building of this bridge and their sacrifice will be honored for all time. May they rest in peace.

Mackinac Bridge fatalities

Some of the other exhibits in the room.

Ironworkers Walk of Fame sign

Spuinning Wheel that pulled the wire across the spans of Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge Museum Exhibit Room

It looks like Santa has another job when he is not delivering gifts.

Ironworker Santa

The museum also had a theater showing a documentary about the Mackinac bridge, a different film was on a TV in the other room.


It turns out both films were for sale, get both for $30 downstairs at Mama Mia’s order counter to watch at home.

Mac Bridge videos at Mackinac Bridge Museum

We highly recommend coming here to learn more about the Mighty Mac.  Admission is free but donations are encouraged or buy a souvenir.

4 thoughts on “Mackinac Bridge Museum in Mackinaw City

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  3. My Dad worked on the bridge while it was being built. I was 10 years old and we stayed all summer in the state park by the bridge in a tent and later a trailer. He was on the paint crew and worked around pier 13. I visited the museum today and I was telling a gentleman that was my age about my dad working on the bridge. A lady came up to me and wanted her grandson to meet me as she never knew anybody that had a connection of someone who worked on it She said I’m the first one. Made both of our days


    • Hi Dave, Thanks for your wonderful comment! I made a recording of the bridge lp radio broadcast when we were there.

      That is a wonderful story, thanks for sharing your experience with us, have a great day!


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