Historical Museum

ATTN Berkley Residents/Businesses:
The City has begun its COVID-19 recovery and reopening process for all of its municipal facilities. The reopening process will be a phased approach following the CDC, State & County recommended guidelines.

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**The museum will be open starting
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY**

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About the Historical Museum
The Berkley Historical Museum is located in the old Fire Hall at City Hall at 3338 Coolidge Highway. The original Fire Hall was dedicated on March 10, 1928, and received designation as a Historic Site from the State of Michigan in 1988.

The museum was established in 1993 and is administered by the Berkley Historical Committee. The museum displays memorabilia from the city archives and items contributed by local residents. Every year at Christmas, the museum features a holiday-themed display.

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NEW COVID-19 Hours & Tours

Starting Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the museum will open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

  • The museum will be open on Wednesdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
  • Mask are REQUIRED to enter the museum
  • The museum is accepting small groups ONLY. Due to COVID-19 constraints, large group appointments cannot be accepted at this time 

To schedule your visit, the museum can be reached at 248-658-3335.

For more information about the museum or Historical Committee, please contact Jeff Tong at 248-398-2382.


Berkley Street Sign Souvenirs Now Available!
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The City of Berkley has been replacing all of the City's street signs. The old street signs will be sold by the Berkley Historical Committee as a fundraiser. The funds will be used to have the old Fire Station, which was built to be the Village of Berkley's Village Hall in 1928, placed on the Michigan Register of Historic Sites and to purchase an official green and gold historic marker. This is part of the Museum's plans to celebrate the upcoming 100th anniversary in 2023 of Berkley becoming a village.

The first opportunity to obtain one of these signs will be Saturday, October 10th at the Berkley Historical Museum between 1 and 4 PM. They will be available on a first-come basis. 

Because of COVID restrictions, face masks will be REQUIRED, and a limited number of people will be allowed inside at a time. People will also have to maintain social distance as they wait in line outside.

How Much Do The Signs Cost?
The street signs are $20 each with exceptions for Woodward, 12 Mile, Coolidge, and Catalpa ($40 each). We will be accepting cash and checks ONLY. Checks must be made out to The Berkley Historical Committee.


Berkley Holiday Mugs 
The Berkley Historical Museum's new Holiday Mug is now available! Like last year's mug, it features a wonderful drawing by local artist Cindy Pendleton. This year's memento has a festive drawing of the Berkley Theatre.

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How Much Do The Mugs Cost?
The Holiday Mugs are $10.00 each.

Where Can I Purchase A Holiday Mug?
These can be purchased at the Berkley Historical Museum (current COVID hours are Wednesday from 10 AM - 1 PM) and at the City Clerk's Office during normal business hours.

  • Holiday Santa Mugs are also still available for purchase

Need to ship? Holiday Mugs can be ordered for shipping with a $10.00 P & H fee. 

Checks can be made out to: 
Berkley Historical Committee
3338 Coolidge Highway
Berkley, MI 48072


Questions?
If you have any questions about the museum or Berkley history in general, the Historical Committee will be happy to answer them for you. Please contact them at museum@berkleymich.net.

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