There’s so much more than recreational activities to enjoy in Marquette County. The Arts are prominent in the area, and everything from performing arts to sculpture can be seen and enjoyed throughout the county. Start out your arts tour in downtown Marquette at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center on the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. This exhibit space brings in some of the most beautiful art collections from not only around the area, but also throughout the country and other parts of the world. Paintings, poetry, charcoal, sculpture and more are open to public viewing year round.
Treat yourself to an architectural stroll on the downtown Marquette walking tour. Classic buildings and elegant architecture come to life throughout downtown Marquette. Classic buildings featured are the Wells Fargo Bank Building, the Savings Bank Building, the Old City Hall, and St. Peter Cathedral.
If you’re a fan of handcrafted items, visit Beth Millner Jewelry and Revisions Design Studio in downtown Marquette. Local artist Beth Millner has a unique jewelry store with custom made bead, glass, and stone accented jewelry. Designer Michelle Dupras at Revisions has her specialty light fixtures and home decor items on display in her downtown location.
Check out the performing arts of the area! The Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette is a historic classic stage venue that frequently hosts speeches, comedians, musicians and more. The Forest Roberts Theater on Northern Michigan University’s campus is home to fascinating plays and performances put on by students and local creatives.
Looking for a great play or theater performance? Swing by the Lake Superior Theater on Lakeshore Drive in Marquette for incredible plays set right on Lake Superior’s shoreline! Are you looking for a more local setting for a play? Check out the classic Vista Theatre in downtown Negaunee. The performances put on in this historic landmark are absolutely incredible and are sure to leave you amazed. Don’t miss the U.P. Shakespeare Festival with two of the famous bard’s dramas a year staged on the upper floor of the Ore Dock Brewing Company.
Galleries, galleries, and more galleries…Marquette County is loaded with some beautiful art galleries. With so many to choose from it’s hard to pick favorites, but we can guarantee it could occupy a full day of enjoyable viewing!
Check out Zero Degrees Art Gallery on Third Street in Marquette. This cooperative owned gallery features local artists skilled in numerous artistic styles. Pottery, glass blowing, water colors and so much more line the walls of this great gallery that gives off a local feel.
The DeVos Art Museum is host to popular student and professional art displays and is located on the campus of Northern Michigan University.
Another notable gallery is Michigamme Moonshine Gallery on the west end of Marquette County in Michigamme. Gorgeous pieces, especially noteworthy paintings by local artists, are displayed in an art gallery sounded by the pristine beauty of lush forests and a lakeside view of Lake Michigamme. Moonshine is a must hit!