500 Federal Ave.
Saginaw Michigan 48607United States
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An affectionate tribute to the history of Saginaw County is creatively displayed in a beautifully refurbished French-style castle built in 1897.
Congratulations to Saginaw for finding the perfect use for a beautifully refurbished 1897 French-style castle, originally built for use as the town's post office. It's filled to the rafters with memorabilia and artifacts from Saginaw County's rich history -- from its lumber days to the 1960s. Exhibits are cleverly curated: One room is a replica of the Myer Bros. Jewelry Store using the store's original wood-and-glass display cases and furniture, another room holds antique furnishings and equipment from doctors' and dentists' offices. Saginaw's lumber history is given its due as well. Placards explaining what you are seeing and why it's significant are prominently displayed and easy to read. Fittingly, the old post office gets its own area, complete with original machinery and access to the overhead "spying" loft where supervisors kept watch over employees to make certain they didn't mishandle the money. The basement holds an intricate network of model trains and a gentleman only too happy to discuss, at length, the authenticity of the display. This museum may have been the best find of our trip, and is a bargain at only $1 for adults and $.50 for children.