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The History Museum, Old School House
& Local Historic Sites

The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center operates two public venues to share local history with the community. Each have opportunities to learn and discover indoors and out. Additional links are provided to other nearby relevant historical sites.

History Museum entrance
Kalamazoo River overlook at the History Museum

The Saugatuck-Douglas History Museum

On the west bank of the Kalamazoo River at the foot of Mt. Baldhead Park

The Saugatuck-Douglas History Museum in the historic Saugatuck Pump House is one of Michigan's best-known and most-visited small town museums, annually drawing nearly 10,000 visitors to its exhibits and more than 40,000 visitors to its outdoor gardens and riverfront walkway.

About the History Museum

Old Schoolhouse Painting
Douglas Union School painting by Judy Anthrop

The Old School House

130 Center Street in downtown Douglas, across from the Library

After a $1.3 million restoration, the Civil War-era Douglas Union School and grounds again serve the community as a place of learning. Indoors and out, the Old School House offers several exhibits and attractions.

About the Old School House

Historic Sites

Saugatuck Dunes

Root Beer Barrel 1953
The Douglas Root Beer Barrel in 1953

The restored Douglas Root Beer Barrel (external link)

Download our free mobile app to learn more about local historic buildings and sites by taking a walking tour of downtown Saugatuck, Douglas or the Back-in-Time Garden! Available for free download on Apple and Android devices.