Island Park in the early 1900's
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Lowell Area Historical Museum
325 W. Main St. ~ Lowell, Michigan 49331
Phone: (616) 897-7688 firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Museum is currently open on Thursdays and by appointment.
Tuesday 1-4pm ~ Thursday 1-4pm
Saturday 1-4 pm ~ Sunday 1-4pm
And by appointment
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The Lowell Area Historical Museum is located at 325 W. Main Street in the historical district of Lowell.
The City of Lowell is centrally located in West Michigan just 14 miles east of Grand Rapids and a short 1-hour drive from Lake Michigan. From I-96, take the Lowell exit and go north into Lowell on Alden Nash/Segwun/Hudson.
The Museum is located on the corner of Hudson and Main Street (M-21). Parking available in the back.
Founded in 1989 by a group of community members anxious to preserve the rich and wonderful history of the Lowell area, the Lowell Area Historical Museum’s guiding mission is: “to enrich, delight and inspire the public through the presentation and preservation of the Lowell area history”.
Originally named the Lowell Area Historical Association, the Museum was incorporated as a Michigan non-profit organization in 1990 and was granted 501(c) (3) status in 1994. The name was changed to the Lowell Area Historical Museum in the year 2000.
Located in the historic 1873 Graham Home (which is on the National Register of Historic Places) an Early History Gallery, Industry & Retailing Gallery and a Showboat Gallery were opened to the public in September 2001. These galleries help tell the unique history of our community. The east side of the Graham home has been refurbished and is once again the site of a beautiful Victorian Parlor, Dining Room, Porch and Garden, as well as a Changing Exhibit Gallery. These lovely rooms, porch, garden and gallery opened to the public in September, 2004 and help us tell another facet of our community’s history.
The Museum has been very enthusiastically received and supported by the community and has welcomed thousands of visitors since it opened. Through its “Keeping History Alive” programs and exhibits, the Museum takes a very active role in developing and implementing innovative programs that “enrich, delight and inspire our community and visitors” with our rich culture and heritage. It is the belief of the Museum’s governing board that it is not enough to establish a museum for visitors, but rather programming must be developed and presented to the public that will interest, educate and excite their desire for knowledge and learning of their history and heritage. Partnerships with our schools and local organizations help us provide programs such as “Grandma’s Trunk” and "Native American Lifeways."
The Museum is home to more than 15,000 photographs and artifacts that have been donated by area residents. This number continues to grow weekly, which represents a true investment by our community in the preservation or our rich and wonderful history.
Mission & Vision
LAHM educates, enriches, and inspires our community and visitors through the preservation and presentation of Lowell area history.
Our vision is to build bridges to the past for present and future generations. The Lowell Area Historical Museum invites visitors of all ages to discover our river of history through the preservation and presentation of artifacts, oral histories, programs, and exhibits.
We provide educational and cultural opportunities so that individuals can draw connections to their past, their community, and their world. The museum and garden at the historic Graham Building offer a unique environment for making history come alive. We celebrate life-long learning, value collaboration, and appreciate the rich and unique heritage of the Lowell area communities
View the latest Lowell Area Historical Museum Strategic Plan
Annual Museum Activity Report
CDP Funders Report
If you are interested in being considered as a board member, please contact
Executive Director Lisa Plank at 616-897-7688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lowell Area Historical Museum 2019 Board of Directors
President – James Doyle
Vice President – Tony Dommer
Treasurer – Cathy Haefner
Secretary- Tina Cadwallader
Carolyn Jane Blough
2021 Board Meetings
Please note 2021 meetings will be Zoom calls until further notice.