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 have 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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Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

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

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

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
420 N. 2nd Ave. • Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 340-2288
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