The Gardner House Museum
The Gardner House was built around 1875 by an Albion hardware merchant, Augustus P. Gardner, who came to Michigan from New York in 1837 as a young man. He lived in this Victorian brick house until his death in 1905.
The Albion Historical Society purchased the Gardner House in May 1966 from the City of Albion, Library Board, and turned it into a museum. The Albion Historical Society received an award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 1969 for this Museum. In 1971, it was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.
The Gardner House Museum is handicap-accessible on the first floor only.
When you tour the Museum, visit the basement and see the primitive tool room, when projects were done by hand. Learn what it was like to cook in a typical 1900-era kitchen. See how the neighborhood grocery store has changed. Read more, See more ...
See a picture of Julie Calhoun Blakely, the original mother of Mother’s Day. The first Mother’s Day is believed to have originated in Albion in the late 1800’s. Also, see what the first settlers of Albion (circa 1833) looked like. Enjoy the music room, sit on an antique sofa, and marvel at the original wallpaper. Read More, See more ...
On the second floor, see the antique beds and clothing in the Victorian bedroom, as well as the Victorian bathroom. There are also two special exhibit rooms that are changed periodically.
Currently one of the exhibit rooms displays World War II photographs and memorabilia of area veterans including three Albion residents who were Tuskegee Airmen. The other exhibit room highlights clothing from the 1890’s through the 1970’s.
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How to Find the Museum
The Gardner House Museum is located on M-99, at the south end of Albion's Superior Street Historic District.
DIRECTIONS: Take I-94, exit 121 (Albion exit). Turn right (head south) on I-94 BR/N. Eaton St. Turn left onto Austin Ave./I-94 BR. Turn right onto N. Superior St./I-94 BR. Continue to follow N. Superior St. The Museum, 509 S. Superior St., is on your left.
The Gardner House Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays 2-4 pm, Mother’s Day Weekend through the end of September. It is also open by appointment for tours to groups, such as churches, civic organizations, schools and clubs.