Tri-River Historical Museum Network

Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm Counties -


logoIf you’re in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent or Montcalm counties of west central Michigan, pause in your travels and seek out one or more museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network.  Thirty three member museums and historical societies with proximity along the Grand, Flat and Thornapple Rivers have joined together to support one another and share ideas and programs.


These picturesque small town or rural museums are housed in a variety of buildings that in their heyday were schools, churches, meeting halls, homes, businesses or even railroad depots. Their displays vary greatly, but all have the goal of depicting their unique community heritage for all to enjoy.

The first weekend of May (May 4 and 5 in 2019), the Tri-River Museums host their annual “Spring Into the Past” open house tour when nearly all museums are open from 11 am to 5 pm on that Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday - and all are free.  The theme for 2019 continues “Getting From Here to There” and many museums will have special displays on the theme.  A booklet about our museums is available at  Booklets are available at all museums.


Download a "Spring Into The Past" booklet in PDF at


Friendly volunteers will welcome you and may offer personal tours if you want to learn the “inside” story of their artifacts or exhibits. Be sure and sign their guest books and tell them you learned of them from “Michigan Back Roads”!