Van Buren Township

Belleville Area Museum

Belleville Area Museum during Fall
The BAM is temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

405 Main Street
Belleville, MI 48111

The BAM Needs YOU! You can help the BAM by financially sponsoring an event or by volunteering.

Museum Hours & FEES:

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-6 PM. 
Free Admission ($5.00 suggested Donation)
Museum Fee Schedule 2021 CLICK HERE
Museum Fee Schedule for 2022
Archives by appointment call:

Belleville Area Historical Society supports the work of the museum. Society volunteers work as tour guides, clean and repair artifacts, operate the Museum gift shop, assist at fundraising events, and help with many other tasks. Society members are entitled to a 20% discount at the Gift shop and discounts for certain ticketed events.
Meets the third Thursday of the month from September - June.

Water Under the Bridge: A History of Van Buren Township
The Belleville Area Museum first opened at Old Quirk School in 1989, featuring small-scale replicas of historical buildings that once stood in Belleville, Sumpter, and Van Buren Townships. With visitors regularly promenading its “Main Street”, the Museum became a popular attraction.

In 1995, with Quirk School slated for demolition, Van Buren Township offered the use of its Old Township Hall on Belleville’s Main Street as the new site of the Museum. The Old Township Hall was constructed in 1875 and is a State of Michigan Registered Historic Site.

Van Buren Township undertook a major restoration of the Old Town Hall and in cooperation with the City of Belleville agreed to an arrangement to jointly fund the Museum program.

The Belleville Area Museum preserves and promotes the history of the community through the preservation and exhibit of historical artifacts and the presentation of historical programs and events.

Help preserve History by purchasing a Memory Brick. Click Here for more information.