Cliffs Shaft open for season

ISHPEMING — Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, located at 501 W Euclid St., Ishpeming, opens its doors for the 2019 season today.

“Our museum is ready for the season with some new displays and a few surprises in store this year,” said Craig Ilmonen, the museum’s new park director in a press release. “We’re proud of our volunteers and their efforts to preserve and present the history of iron mining on the Marquette Range with artifacts and stories from actual miners of an underground mine.”

New this year is a Mather B display commemorating the closing of the Mather B mine 40 years ago in July 1979. Many of the museum’s displays have also been updated, and an experimental, interactive YouTube experience will be utilized throughout the museum to provide more content to the displays by the use of a smartphone.

The museum is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hour-long tours are available with knowledgeable guides who will take visitors through the museum, an underground tunnel, and across the grounds under the iconic Cliffs Shaft headframes. Tours run at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

For more information, call the museum at 906-485-1882.