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“Must Visit in Saginaw”
Review of Castle Museum

Castle Museum
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Saginaw
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since 1979, the Castle Building has been preserved by the Historical Society of Saginaw County and is home to the award-winning Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. Within its walls, you will discover a celebration of the diversity and richness of the community's heritage through dynamic exhibits and programs. When you visit, you will learn about Saginaw's archaeological past, the community's evolution from trading center to the lumber capital of the world and its development and continuing history as a manufacturing and farming center.
Reviewed 22 October 2013

If you want to know the history of Saginaw, Michigan then the "Castle" is where to go. The museum is located in the "Old Post Office" and throughout your self guided tour you will find interesting exhibits of Saginaw's glory years. Admission is very low, I recommend adding a donation to help support this great museum.

4  Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We drove to the Castle Museum and although we did not enter, we drove around the entire building admiring the architecture. It is a beautiful stone building that appears taken care of, with it's spires and turret areas. On one side we saw a sign saying it was a museum, another sign said it was a post office, another was something like a community center area and another a church. It is downtown but in a pretty quiet area where it would be easy to park. I enjoy architecture and this made for some pretty photo opportunities.

2  Thank LaurieSusan
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Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

Very interesting history exhibits of the better days of the Saginaw area. Too bad the good times are gone for this part of Michigan, like the rest of our country! What has happened to US?

1  Thank Mrmiller8
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Even if your not into architectual buildings you can't help but love the Castle Museum. It is a former U.S. post office (build with our $$) that was converted into a museum. Besides the building the museum is also very nicely laid out and well done with very nice displays. It is a must see in this area.

Thank Gregory T
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This is Saginaw's local history museum. It is located in an astounding, beautiful castle like stone building in downtown Saginaw. The building is a real gem as far as architecture goes. Lit up at night, it truly is magnificent. It was built for use as a post office, and you can still go up some stairs and look through the thin slits that were the portal holes to "view and/or observe" the postal employees and customers. A fun spot for kids.

There are 3 floors of exhibits. Main floor houses a small gift shop, which has some great books for sale. A small sitting area allows you to look through the books before purchase. The "current" exhibits are held on this floor. My elderly father and I visited the current Korean War exhibit and was the main reason for the visit. However, we felt it was minimal at best and he was very disappointed in it. So, we moved onto the other exhibits on this floor, which are very nice. There is also a meeting room on this floor, which hosts the Lunch and Learn History series, every Tuesday. These are great learning lunches..you bring your lunch, they provide beverages and dessert.

The basement floor has a wonderful, huge model train exhibit and it is manned all open hours by volunteers. The man working the day we visited was very thorough in his explanations, suggestions and ideas for improvement in the overall museum. The lumbering era is extensively covered on this floor. There are other exhibits, such as a GM history display, but we did not partake.

The 2rd floor contains offices; however, they have a few rooms of displays here-a dentist/doctor office of bygone days; a kitchen (1950's?), a beauty salon and a formal dining room. We enjoyed these exhibits very much.

Admission: $1.00! A steal. Of course, they will take donations, too and I would suggest anyone who visits add a couple of additional dollars. Parking is free, on the street, with a handicapped entrance in the back of the building. Bathrooms on each floor, I do believe and there is an elevator for use.

I'd call ahead to see if any school groups are visiting during your time you expect to spend at the museum. I would not want to get caught up behind a group of school children. Volunteers do a great job of leading tours, however, and if you have a group of people, they provide special tours for such groups. Highly recommend!

6  Thank tymetraveler222
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