This On-Campus Museum Holds A Hidden History

Established in 1970, The Museum of Cultural and Natural History, located in Rowe Hall on the campus of Central Michigan University allows anyone and everyone to view various specimens from Michigan and exhibits about our state.

In addition to exhibits, school groups and classes across Isabella county come to the museum to partake in educational programs and field trips, often designed and led by CMU student employees.

In 1996, a museum studies program was created to provide CMU museum study majors with hands-on experience. The museum currently has 10-12 paid student employees who plan to work for museums post-graduation.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To volunteer or get involved in the museum studies program, schedule an appointment with the museum’s director, Jay Martin at

Photo and video by Ben Agosta