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.

Semester Hours

Monday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections in Marquette County, Northern Michigan University is closing all of its buildings to non-NMU students, faculty, and staff. Dependent on Covid-19 protocols on the State level, the Center will be closed to the public until at least February 21. We are sorry for the inconvenience and look forward to opening again for the public soon.


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 contact the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, call 906-227-3212 or e-mail heritage@nmu.edu.