MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette Maritime Museum has just opened for their 35th season.
But this year promises to be a little different than previous years.
Visitors to the Museum and Lighthouse are asked to be patient and to be on alert for construction crews.
Hilary Billman, Director of the Marquette Maritime Museum says construction in the area is already underway and may last through much of the summer.
The entire project is designed to make the entire area more accessible, safer and user-friendly for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists.
But for the time being, visitors may have limited parking and other temporary delays.
“They're going to move the bike path just a little bit. And they're going to be adding some parking. We're going to have a new parking loop right behind the museum and by the old coast guard building. But it's going to mean a lot of construction on Arch Street and just lots of construction all summer. But the museum will be open and lighthouse tours will be open,” Billman announced.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11a.m. until 4p.m. with Lighthouse tours at various times throughout the day. She says the Museum and Lighthouse are always ideal destinations. They’re also great for locals to see or learn something new.
"There are a lot of people from Marquette that have never been on a Lighthouse tour. And they are really missing it. If you go out on the catwalk behind the Lighthouse, it’s the only place in Marquette where you can see both the Upper Harbor and the Lower Harbor at the same time," Billman declared.
You might be surprised by some of the artifacts and stories at the Museum.
"We have quite a few stories about old light keepers and their families that used to live there and people that lived in the old Coast Guard building and yes some ghost stories too,” Billman stated.
Billman says the Museum will offer a new exhibit based on Fred Stonehouse's reissued book, ‘Marquette Shipwrecks’ within the next few weeks.