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Address: 491 Johnson St, Alpena, MI 49707-1496
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An outstanding museum that would be right at home in a larger city

Local museum gifted by the Besser family, featuring art and the history of Alpena. Fine gallery space and quality older exhibits of Native American activity, geology, and early... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Detroit
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Detroit
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Local museum gifted by the Besser family, featuring art and the history of Alpena. Fine gallery space and quality older exhibits of Native American activity, geology, and early settlers. Includes a planetarium, a hall of many mounted rare and local animals and other interesting exhibits. Museum architecture reminiscent of Yamasaki's work, a striking 60's modern design. A great stop while... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Small museum with focus on local history and current local artist exhibits. You can dig for fossils in their Fossil Park and keep what you find!

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Thank 5nn
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Besser museaum is a greta place to learn about the history of Alpena. I have been there for several local events and have always enjoyed it. They also have a fossil pit out back that kids will enjoy. If you're new to the area or visiting, Besser is a great place to spend a few hours and learn about what... More 

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Thank Mischele K
Alpena, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This museum is much more inclusive than others I've visited in much larger cities. In addition to historical exhi it's it encourages local artists, photographers and other local venues to participate. It's absolutely a must-see when you visit Alpena

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to just check it out and was pleasantly surprised. Interesting artifacts and friendly staff make this place you don't want to miss. We will visit again.

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Alpena, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Besser Museum provides excellent displays of cultural and historical artifacts, deftly displayed to capture your attention. We spent almost two hours with five adults enjoying every aspect of the museum...often calling to each other to "come and look at this". In each room we would try to identify our favorite display, and it was very difficult. We rarely agreed...a... More 

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Charlotte, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a wonderful small museum full of local history and artwork. The staff was extremely helpful and had many suggestions about the area and local attractions.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Besser Museum was full of surprises. We were able to see a very extensive Dali print exhibit and walk along recreated streets of old Alpena. The lower level has an amazing collection of taxidermied animals that are native to Michigan. Our group enjoyed viewing the Besser company exhibit that showed how the company developed and impacted the cement block... More 

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McBain, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The museum entertained the family, including a 10 and 7 year old for over 2 hours. The children especially enjoyed looking for fossils outside.

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Thank jazzeyjaney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

This museum is a northern Michigan gem. The beauty and impressiveness of their displays would rival any at a big city museum, but their specialty local areas show their pride in their roots. I was there for the Dalí painting Dante exhibit, and it was incredible.

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