Van Buren Township

Belleville Area Museum

Belleville Area Museum during Fall
Belleville Area Museum
405 Main Street
Belleville, MI 48111

Museum Hours & FEES:
The BAM is temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Free Admission ($5.00 suggested Donation)
Museum Fee Schedule for 2023
Archives by appointment call:

  • Director of Community Services - Elizabeth Renaud
  • Deputy Director of Community Services - Tammy Dohring
  • Account Clerk - Deanna Murphy
  • Archival Assistant - Charity Fielder
  • Belleville Area Museum Staff - VACANT

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.

The Belleville Area Historical Society was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to complete the Belleville Area Museum Connector Project.

The Connector is a glass enclosure that will connect the two separate Belleville Area Museum properties: the main structure, Historic Old Van Buren Township Hall, and the archives that are stored in decommissioned Van Buren Fire Station #1. This project is important to ensure the safety of our staff and guests, especially those with disabilities. This connection will also create exhibit space for our community-beloved 1909 Buggy and 1919 Model T, donated by former local physician, Dr. Herbert J. Robb. 

This project would not have been possible without the grant awarded by MCACA and the match put forth from Van Buren Township. 
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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.