Our Mission

The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center celebrates the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It does this through an active schedule of exhibitions, public programs and research activities on the campus of Northern Michigan University.  It serves the educational mission of the University by providing a museum laboratory, where students can gain experience working in the fields of museum studies, public history, graphic design, historical research and writing.   The Center also provides the University community with museum-quality exhibitions about the history of the Upper Peninsula that supplement the learning experience for students on campus.

The center has a large museum gallery located on the first floor of Gries Hall, featuring a revolving schedule of temporary exhibitions and some permanent installations.  The center also maintains historical displays throughout the NMU campus, including several displays along the perimeter of the Superior Dome, in the Seaborg Center and in the University Center.


Labor exhibit

Semester Hours

Monday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is happy to announce that it will be opening its gallery to the general public on a limited basis starting on Monday, March 8. The Center’s current exhibition is “Conflict and Resolve: Labor in the Upper Peninsula.” Visitation to the gallery will be limited to six people at any one time and reservations will be required. The Center’s open hours are 10a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.

Reservation and Visitation Procedures:

  • To make a reservation, please call 906-227-2549.

  • You will be able to reserve a 30-minute visit anytime during the Center’s open hours. There is a limit of six visitors per time slot.

  • After 30 minutes, visitors will be required to leave the gallery, unless there are openings in the next time slot.

  • Visitors should arrive a few minutes before their schedule time.

  • When visitors arrive, they will be required to check in at the front desk of the Beaumier Alumni Welcome and U.P. Heritage Center. Each visitor will need to provide their name, phone number and address (this is for Covid-19 tracking).


Beaumier display

Heritage Center Collections

The Upper Peninsula Collection consists of material culture artifacts relating to the ethnic, religious and social diversity of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. These include a wide array of artifacts such as household pieces, clothing, arts and crafts, symbolic items, recreational equipment and just about anything that is related to the history of the Upper Peninsula’s people. Do you have something to donate? Learn more.

Contact Information

To make a reservation to visit the gallery, please call 906-227-2549.

For other inquiries call 906-227-3212 or e-mail heritage@nmu.edu.