Port Huron Museums Announces Free Admission for Sites in 2022
Thanks to a large grant from the City of Port Huron and several corporate sponsors, all Port Huron Museum sites will be free to visit for one year, beginning April 1st. This was made possible by the unanimous support from Port Huron City Council at the regular meeting on March 14th.
The free admission is not limited to City residents, as the program is designed to bring in tourist dollars to the region. Port Huron Museums operates four sites that include the Fort Gratiot Light Station, in conjunction with St. Clair County Parks and Recreation, the Thomas Edison Depot Museum, the HURON Lightship and the flagship Carnegie Museum in Downtown Port Huron.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Discovery City, the special children’s exhibit currently featured at the Carnegie Museum will be extending its stay through February of 2023. While admission to the Museums’ four sites is complimentary, there will still be a small charge for guided tours at the lighthouse and special featured exhibits such as Discovery City. Thanks to an ongoing grant from the City of Port Huron and the James C. Acheson Foundation, costs at Discovery City are limited to just $5 per child, and no charge for those with EBT or Bridge Cards. There is no charge for parents to the children’s exhibit.
“This is the largest single shake-up to the Museum’s admission prices in decades! We are very proud to be able to offer this unprecedented access to the area’s shared cultural heritage. Not only will this be a boon for locals, the free admission will attract visitors and dollars from outside the Blue Water Area. When someone visits the Lighthouse or Edison Depot from a place like Flint or Detroit or even further, they eat at our area restaurants, shop our downtown stores and stay at local hotels. This is a historic win for Port Huron!” said Andrew Kercher, Community Engagement Manager at Port Huron Museums.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the City of Port Huron and making our admissions free to all guests,” said Veronica Campbell, Executive Director of the Port Huron Museums. “I hope everyone takes advantage of this great benefit this year. We are excited to show off our amazing cultural heritage sites!”
Simply put, this year the Port Huron Museum's sites are Free Admission to all. Tickets for special exhibits and guided tours are an additional cost.