Sanctuary of the great lakes

Arts, Culture & Heritage

A fascinating mixture of agricultural, maritime, industrial and high-tech influences contribute to Northeast Michigan’s cultural heritage. A history of logging and agriculture, fishermen and sailors, high-tech visionaries and ambitious entrepreneurs has shaped the landscape of our community.

Thunder Bay Theater

The year-round Thunder Bay Theater produces a number of live stage performances featuring local talent as well as in-house professionals.

The area’s cultural and historical character was also formed by a unique amalgamation of maritime, agricultural and industrial influences. The past melds with the future as the community boasts two live theaters, two art galleries, two museum heritage centers, and vibrant live music scene. Enjoy a day or a month exploring the Alpena area’s art, culture and heritage.


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Alpena Civic Theatre

401 River Street Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: 989-354-3624

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Library

211 North First Ave Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-6188 Website:

Alpena Symphony Orchestra

125 W. White St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Website:
Photo of Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

491 Johnson St Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-2202 Website:

Brush Creek Mill

121 S. State Ave. Hillman Michigan 49746 Alt Phone: (989) 742-2527

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

500 W. Fletcher St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-8805 Website:

Thunder Bay Theatre, Inc.

400 N. Second Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-2267 Website:

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
235 W. Chisholm St. • Alpena, MI 49707
1-800-4-ALPENA or (989) 354-4181
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