Museum at Harsha House
The historical Museum at Harsha House is located at 103 State Street in downtown Charlevoix, Michigan. It features different exhibitions all year round.
The house was built in 1892 by Charlevoix businessman and community leader Horace Harsha. Granddaughter Ann Harsha donated the Victorian style house to the Charlevoix Historical Society in 1979 to be used as a museum. The Harsha House is a Michigan State Historic Site.
The first Bob Miles Charlevoix book was published by the Society in 1976. Proceeds from this publication provided funds to build an addition to house the growing collection of photos and artifacts donated by members of the community.
Exhibits at Harsha House for the year are:
- Beautiful Charlevoix: The Art and Influence of Irene Harsha Young
- 150 Years of Photography at the Charlevoix Historical Society
Harsha House Museum attractions include:
- 3 Victorian Period Rooms
- Over 10,000 Historic Photos & Negatives
- Ernest Hemingway’s original marriage license with first wife Hadley Richardson
- The 3 1/2 order Fresnel lens from the Gray’s Reef light north of Beaver Island
- An eight-foot tall, 200 story Petoskey Stone tower made for the Bicentennial of 1976
- A 1920s working player piano
- Local Historical Artifacts on Display
- Local Oral History Collection, Family History Collection, and research materials
Museum at Harsha House hours:
- Jan – Feb: Friday – Saturday 12-4 P.M.
- Mar – Apr: Thursday – Saturday 12-4 P. M.
- May: Wednesday – Saturday 12-4 P. M.
- June: Tuesday – Saturday 12-4 P.M.
- July – Labor Day Weekend: Monday – Saturday 12-4 P. M.
- After Labor Day – Jan 1: Tuesday – Saturday 12-4 P. M.
(Hours Are Subject To change)
Call for special appointments during fall, winter and spring hours. Phone: 231-547-0373 . Leave a message; a Curator will return your call.
Our capital campaign, Embrace.Preserve.Cherish. started in 2017 and raised over $290,000 through June of 2018. Thank you to our donors in 2017 and 2018! The funding allowed us to complete the following projects:
Exterior repairs including a new roof, wood shakes, gable fascias, sheathing and masonry were completed at the Museum at Harsha House in 2017. All wood trim was repainted in summer 2018 in vibrant colors reminiscent of the 1890s era in which the house was built. The new color scheme highlights the beautiful architectural details of this Victorian house.
To make a donation, select the Donate button from the home page or visit Charlevoix County Community Foundation at http://www.c3f.org and click the ‘Giving’ tab and choose the Charlevoix Historical Society Preservation Fund.
The Museum Store has for sale a variety of quality items pertaining to Charlevoix history. Museum store items can be mailed. Shipping & handling fees extra.