"Engaging Youth and families to discover through interactive exhibits and learning opportunities."


The museum offers a variety of opportunities through its hands-on exhibits which were ALL DESIGNED BY KIDS for everyone.  Hundreds of children were taken through over twenty design processes (called Design-o-saurus participatory design processes) resulting in unique and whimsical exhibit designs not found in any other museum.

Exhibit halls include The World of Science and Nature, The Incredible Journey, OVer the Air and Micro Society. Exhibits are being updated, maintained and new ones added constantly!

Little mechanics will learn about engines in a fun way in our Cloverland Car Garage exhibit. This exhibit is named after the actual car dealership that was located in the Museum building long ago. Fuel up and take a ride, work on the engine puzzle or check out the real engine cutaway.

Let your imagination soar in the Over the Air exhibit hall! Pilot an actual airplane and communicate with traffic control. Forecast the weather live on Tv, or broadcast from the studio of Radio UPCM!

In one ear and out the other! Visit the giant head in the Incredible Journey and play a game of Tongue Twister!

What goes in, must come out! Climb up the stomach and slide down the intestine in the Incredible Journey.

Dig up some ore in the Wonderground exhibit!

Lizards, Turtles and Snakes! Oh my!! We have an array of fun animals to share! From geckos, to lizards and bearded dragons, to turtles the size of your head and snakes as long as your body! Come and see them all!



U.P. Childrens Museum

Calendar Of Events



The Great Start Parent Coalition and the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum are partnering to present, “Stop the Stress!” on Wednesday, September 24th.

The event will be from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum!

Area agencies will be there to share information on ways families can ‘stop the stress’. You will learn everything from ways to change diets to exercising to getting support to so much more!!

With everything you learn, you will be given a chance to win a door prize some great door prizes!!!





Thursday, October 9, 2014:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Fun for children of all ages and adults!

Join us for a variety of fun, hands-on activities and crafts with a “Costume Party” theme. As always, there will be creative snacks, unexpected music and much more!

Wear your favorite Halloween costume!

Free with admission or membership.

Thursday is also Dominos Pizza Night at the Museum, so order your pizza before 5:30 by calling 226-3911 and it will be delivered during the event. The cost is $6 per pizza (includes tip).

The Second Thursday events are sponsored by the Max & Phyllis Reynolds Foundation, Kohls and Culvers.


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A Chalk painting festival and contest

Sign up now to take part in the first Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s Paint Baraga Avenue Fest on Saturday, October 11th as part of the 2nd Annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Festival

Sponsor a square!

Become an artist!

Become an event sponsor!

Call the Museum or email nittner24@gmail.com

Paint Baraga fest flier


Square Sponsor form

Artist Registration Form

Event Sponsor form



Thursday, October 16   6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
A unique fund-raising event featuring a delicious dining course at each of the venues, accompanied by live music, delightful beverahes and chances to bid on or win fabulous prizes!

$50 per ticket. tickets are available at each venue or on line at marquettehistory.com

6:00: The Marquette History Center

Indulge in delicious appetizers and a delectable main course accompanied by fine wines. Be Entertained by Trailer Hitch while you dine

6:45: Enjoy a live auction of three unique experiences and three treasured items. Delight in an array of fabulous baskets for raffle

 7:30: The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

Become a kid again as you enter the Museum’s big top and dine on a creative assortment of delightful gourmet carnival-themed desserts accompanied by a punch with a KICK.

7:50: Enjoy a continuation of the live auction with three additional unique experiences and three more treasured items. Delight in extra fabulous baskets to be raffled.

8:10: Don’t Miss the GRAND prize drawing, must be present to win and then. . . Let your hair down and dance.



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U.P. Childrens Museum

Sprout Store

Sprout is a very unique and special toy store with a forest theme and trees filled with toys, nestled inside of the U.P. Children’s Museum.

Sprout was designed by local youth in the community and now includes a wide variety of educational and fun toys and goodies for ALL ages! We are very proud to sell many Michigan made and inspired products including our CONSTRUCTIVE EATING utensils and some of Marquette’s very own YOOPER FLAVOR t-shirts!

An important new addition to the store is the Kid Bizness Corner, a new program of the Children’s Museum where young entrepreneurs, ages eight to 18, are selling goods they have designed and produced themselves. Some products in this program include record bowls, bags made from t-shirts, marshmallow shooters, jewelry and more!

There is an impressive array of clever items for sale in Sprout, and some you can’t find ANYWHERE else! Stop in to see what Sprout has to offer, or visit us online at www.UPCMSproutStore.com and SHOP ONLINE!! You can have your order shipped to your door, the door of one you love, or we will even pack it all up for you and bring it right to your car door as you pick it up from the museum! Like us on FACEBOOK to stay up to date on all of our sales, steals and deals!


Crank through all of our t-shirt designs- and find the one you like!!

Watch for the Sprout store in local events in Marquette County!!

Interested in SUPPORTING our Sprout Store?

CONTACT US for more information on our “Seeding Sprout” Campaign!

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U.P. Childrens Museum

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