PERMANENT INDOOR EXHIBITS
The Hotel Ottawa
Historic photographs, postcards, and artifacts such as china, silverware, menus, furniture, period clothing, dance cards, brooches, and a diorama will portray this lost treasure that was 19th century Ottawa Beach. The exhibit will feature an interactive animation of the hotel and grounds as it existed in the late 1800s.
The Cottages of Ottawa Beach: A Living History
A replica porch, kitchen, and bedroom with implements of the late 19th century complimented by historic photographs and postcards will offer visitors an intimate view of early cottage life. The Gerald Ford family’s cottages and early life at Ottawa Beach will provide a look at the early life of a president.
Getting Here: Steamers and Trains
Historic photographs, postcards, memorabilia, ship models, and a diorama of the railroad system and hotel will illustrate Ottawa Beach’s connection to the Midwest and the ease by which visitors could access the area. A live feed to vessels in the channel and a link to real-time ship movements out on the Great Lakes and will remind visitors that shipping is still active today.
Original and commercial artwork of the region
ADDITIONAL INDOOR EXHIBITS
Native Americans: Early Settlement in Ottawa Beach
From the earliest Indian settlements in the mid-1600s to the arrival of the Dutch in the mid-1800s, the foundation of what would become Ottawa Beach will be explored with stories, artifacts, and illustrations.
Canoes, iceboats, and classic boats will be on display.
Local Historic and Natural history tid-bits will deliver a taste of the museum to passers-by.
A boat to climb and play on will provide children learning activities.