The Little Traverse History Museum occupies prime real estate along the Little Traverse Wheelway bike path along the Lake Michigan shore. Housed in what used to be the Chicago and West Michigan railroad depot, the museum looks big and promising from the outside. But inside, it's a pretty modest collection—above-par for a historical society museum, perhaps, but a little dry for many visitors, especially families with young children.
A docent greets visitors and collects the modest entrance fee, and, if you aren't good at extricating yourself, may talk your ear off about local history and attractions. Exhibits kep us occupied for perhaps 20 minutes. Highlights include boyhood photographs of Ernest Hemingway, who spent time in the region, and memorabilia detailing Petoskey's rise as a tourist destination, including the roots of the phrase Million-Dollar Sunset. A small parlor area re-creates a Victorian living room, and visitors can try tapping out Morse code on an old telegraph machine. Nothing fancy, but history buffs will be happy.