Review: UP Children’s Museum – Hands on fun, hands on education


The UP is full of wonderful natural landmarks, historical places and quite a few gas stations (and the Seney Stretch!). The rumor is that there are more farm animals than Yoopers, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but, it does mean that sometimes when you’re in the UP visiting or living, you need a diversion. Well, if you find yourself in THE (emphasis is on purpose) city in the UP (Marquette) (also known as “to town” and “headin’ up the road”), do take an afternoon at the UP Children’s Museum.

Things to do in the UP

I’ve been to a few children’s museums now (with kids, of course) and the UP Children’s Museum definitely is on par with most other museums. Unique to the UP Children’s Museum is first, their toilet seat slide. (My son remembers that and now the tube slide we have in our back yard now allows him to become dinosaur poop).

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Take a ride down the slide, I mean the pipes :)

This is not a slide, it is t-rex’s digestive system.

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Another interesting “wall” I saw was their HIV wall, which, for some reason, has a LOT of Bollywood drama magazines and Hindi writing on it. Apparently the Fraternity who made that wall had access to some Indian magazines. They also had a peace wall, which, unfortunately, kids sorta by-pass as they run to see the fake shopping areas, tot cars, aeroplanes, bumble bees (spring and summer only), radio studio, and more. There’s really A LOT for kids to do and see at the Marquette Children’s museum.

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Peace mural of tiles and sayings. Subliminal messaging works, right?

In addition, they have a recycle art area (sorry, I’m not a fan of having to save all these collections of plastic at home!!), they also have a lot of live animals for kids to see, and also touch!

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Yeah, my daughter was interested, but also needed a bit of support from her brother to pet the snake.

Address of the UP Children’s Museum

123 W. Baraga Avenue
Marquette, MI

(Downtown Marquette, near the old co-op)

It’ll set you back some money (but they do have grants available)

Infants (under 2 years old): FREE
Children and adults (2+): $6.00
Family Rate: $25.00

Yearly Family membership (2 adults and all children in the home) is currently $135

UP Children’s Museum Hours:

Sunday: Noon – 5 pm
Mon-Wed: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm

Okay, we’ll close with some more photos.

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Top: Airplane, Left 3 include various places to visit, including the store, a bumble bee (and balance beam), my son flying. Right, entering the museum. Bottom: Various places to visit around the world with the map, and lego/block/toddler area. The model train area, and a breastfeeding bulletin!

What do you like most in a children’s museum? My son loved the air plane. My daughter loved the phones between the various “areas” of the mini-town.

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  1. I could see all the kids loving the toilet. I love how your son is using his imagination at home now. Fun!

  2. We use to go to the UP all the time. We have been so many times I think I’m done. I do enjoy Mackinac Island.


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