Comfort Suites Benton Harbor - St. Joseph
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: (269) 925-8800
Fax: (269) 925-8700
Arts & Museums
Stumble upon the local history of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor area at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, situated within The Priscilla U. Byrns Center. The Heritage Museum along with exhibitions, conducts lectures and cultural programs based on Fort Miami, built by La Salle. The archive of artifacts at Heritage Museum offers in-depth understanding of the "twin cities" of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is located beautifully on the Main Street, and makes a picture perfect location to host your dream wedding. The center also has facilities to host private meetings and conferences.
Located close to the Silver Beach, Curious Kids’ Museum is one big playground for inquisitive little minds to learn about science and technology in a fun way. From playing a doctor or newsreader in one of their themed rooms to experimenting with music and electricity, the hands-on exhibits at the museum educate and thrill in equal measure. Besides this, the museum also organizes numerous educational programs as well as field trips. Nearby, the Curious Kids' Discovery Zone has its own set of thrilling exhibits and activities for young adults. Check website for more.
Located close to other notable buildings like the city library, the Heritage Museum and Culture Center, Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Peters Church, Krasl Art Center is a valuable addition to the cultural hub in the small town of St. Joseph. With frequently updated art and sculpture exhibitions and art and heritage tours being given everyday, the center is a very popular spot, both for locals as well as for tourists. The center also holds regular art classes and camps for all ages. The gallery hosts an annual art fair every autumn. With 38 permanent sculptures, public galleries, art making studios, a black and white wet darkroom and a gift shop, this is definitely a landmark you should visit when in the area.
This museum holds a large collection of native plants and animals, including the most complete mammoth skeleton found in the state.
This building is Michigan
The Fort St. Joseph Museum in Niles is housed in the carriage house of the historic Henry A. Chapin mansion and features a large display of Potawatomi and Plains Indian artifacts, French and English period firearms and 18th and 19th century cooking utensils. The museum commemorates the fort, a French military post built on the St. Joseph River in the late 1600s.
Pears Mill a working flourmill with a giant waterwheel and leather belts used to drive the millstones. You can watch flour being milled there nearly every weekend during the summer.
Michigan Maritime Museum has been established with the aim of protecting and maintaining the lakes and other water bodies in the city. The museum houses collectibles and other maritime articles or even remnants from ships that are wonderful to look at. However, what makes the museum a must go for tourists are its tours during which the authorities arrange sailing events for you. To get the details of the museum collectibles or the schedules of the tours, check the website.
Designed by Dr. Roger Pecina, a retired dentist, as a part of his dream of increasing tourism in Cassopolis, the Sinclair Gas Station Museum features almost all artifacts from the iconic gas station of the '50s. Including objects like an original Life magazine sporting a cover of Dr. Martin Luther King, a period radio, stamps and many more, the museum makes for an interesting visit. The only reproduced objects in the museum are a Garage sign that says, “Since 1952” and a personalized can. Dr. Pecina is the founder of Mahogany Outfitters and has also designed the Hardway Garage, a gallery for vintage boats and cars.