Nestled in the small town of Hanover, Michigan is one special hidden gem – The Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum. Big and I made our first visit to this museum on Free Museum Day, and we left feeling so happy that we had visited! The Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum is filled with over 100 antique reed organs – many of which were built in Michigan in the 1800s! The volunteer docent was able to teach us many neat facts about organs, and Big even got to play. The museum rule is “If you can play, please do. If you don’t know how, please be gentle.” Our visit provided a super cool hands-on experience, and we left wanting to encourage everyone to plan a visit!

Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum Details

Location Name: Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum

Address: 105 Fairview St., Hanover, MI 49241

Why we love it: This museum was surprisingly hands-on and offered us a chance to learn so much about a topic we knew so little about – organs! 

Features: 100+ reed organs, plus tons of local history and artifacts

“Big’s Review”: It was so fun to get a chance to play the organs. This is a great place to visit!

Elizabeth’s Suggestion: This museum isn’t too far away from Concord – which features a Falling Waters Trail Trailhead, and other historic places! Why not make a morning exploring local history and places?

Toddler Approved? Yes – but we think older kiddos will be more interested.

Stroller friendly? No – you must take the stairs to visit the upstairs history exhibits. 

Big Kid Approved? 100%

Full Sun or Shade? Inside location

Restroom? Yes

Cost? Free annually on Free Museum Day, free otherwise but donations accepted

Parking? Plenty of street parking along the backside of the building

Hours: Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm from May thru October, otherwise you can contact the museum to schedule group tours


Closing Review: What an amazing local gem! Both Big and I cannot wait to visit this museum again someday. Whether you are looking to learn more about organs, experience some local history, or just have a fun and quirky adventure, the Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum is the place for you!

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Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum

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