Museum hours are: Sat. 10-4; Tues. 2-5:30; Wed. 10-2; Fri. 1-4 and other times by appointment. Hours subject to change. Call (616) 997-7240 or 997-6978 if traveling from a distance or to arrange for group tours. Museum exhibits include extensive railroad and interurban railway collections along with a 1902 interurban passenger car (Car #8 - Merlin) undergoing stages of restoration, household and business items, a recreation of a local drugstore with some pieces going back to the 1880's, a general store display, logging and early settler artifacts, a full size sawmill encircled by a g gauge model railroad, an early school room and more. Also featured is the Del Shannon collection of personal belongings and career memorabilia (Del grew up in Coopersville).
The main museum building was built in 1902 to serve as a depot and substation for the then new electric interurban rail line, the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway. The line ran until 1928 when the popularity of automobiles caused a decline in interurban ridership. The building is an official State Historic Site and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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