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The Story of Midland County on our History Campus

Discover the history of our community at Heritage Park, the Centers' historical campus, located less than a mile from the Midland Center for the Arts. Explore our interactive exhibits at the Doan History Center, the everyday life of a 19th century family in the historic Bradley Home, and learn about the early years of Midland County dedicated to the history of Herbert H. Dow.

Current Exhibitions

Title IX

NOW - APR 26
in the Arbury Gallery of the Doan History Center

Explore 20/20 Vision: Seeing HERstory as we take an in-depth view of women’s contributions to the nation and the local community that shaped the last 100 years in the U.S. This exhibit is an extension of the 20/20 Vision special exhibit at the Museum of Science & Art, exploring the timeline and influence of Title IX.

Hands-On Exhibit Galleries

Doan History Center


The Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center is the gateway to Heritage Park. It houses permanent hands-on exhibits focused on Midland City and County history in the Arbury Museum gallery, a gallery for special exhibitions; a research library for local and general history; and an archival collection of Midland County artifacts.

Herbert H. Dow Museum


The Herbert H. Dow Historical Museum has multi-media exhibits dedicated to the history of Herbert H. Dow and and Midland's early founding fathers John Larkin and Benjamin Bradley.

Bradley Home


The 1874 Bradley Home is a beautifully restored hands-on historic house museum where visitors enjoy a glimpse of the everyday life of an early Midland Family. The adjacent Carriage House features a collection of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, and is home to mid-Michigan’s largest functioning blacksmith shop. 

Blacksmith Studio

Carriage House


The Carriage House features a collection of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, and is home to mid-Michigan’s largest functioning blacksmith’s shop, where volunteer smiths turn red-hot iron into beautiful works of art.

Public Hours

Midland County Historical Society Doan Center
MON - FRI
Includes the Dorothy Dow Arbury Gallery.
Admission is free.
9 AM – 5 PM
Bradley Home & Herbert H. Dow Museum
SAT & SUN
(JUN - AUG and Special Holiday Events)
12 PM – 4 PM

Research Library

TUE and THU

1 – 4 pm

Other facilities at Heritage Park are available by appointment.

Contact Jacob Huss or call 989-631-5930, x 1300. Minimum 48 hours notice. 

Hours may vary with Heritage Park special programming throughout the year. See our calendar to learn more.

Also at Heritage Park

Immerse Yourself in Midland's History

Directions to Heritage Park

We're located near downtown Midland less than a mile from Midland Center for the Arts.