Historical Museum

In line with the recommendations by the Oakland County Health Department, our Historical Museum will be closed until April 5, 2020. 

To stay up-to-date with how the City is responding to COVID-19, head to berkleymich.org/coronavirus

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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Berkley Santa Mugs for Sale!

Nothing says the holidays are coming like seeing our beloved Berkley Santa standing at the corner of 12 Mile and Coolidge. Now, we have gorgeous mugs available for purchase depicting this iconic scene. They are only $10!

This drawing is by Cynthia M. Pendleton, who grew up here in Berkley. Today she is a well-known artist in Alaska. Even in faraway Alaska, she remembers this Santa with great affection. Thank you, Cynthia!

These mugs are available now in the Berkley Historical Museum. They are also available at the Berkley Public Library and at the City Clerk's office during regular business hours. We hope you like them as much as we do!

                                               santa mug

Hours & Tours

We invite you to visit the historical museum during our set hours, or by appointment:

  • Open Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except holidays)
  • Other hours are available by appointment.
  • School groups are invited to tour the museum on an appointment basis

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.


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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