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Alpena News 50th Anniversary Insert

Developed in 1966, the Besser Museum is off to a great start with their 50th year celebration in 2016.


Besser is full of art, science and history and some exhibits you can see this year, include local artist Bruno Hirzel and original pieces from Salvador Dalí.


They're also celebrating their anchor exhibits, and really tote the industrial heritage of Northeast Michigan with the Lafarge and Besser company exhibits, as well as the avenue, shops, pioneer and lumbering exhibits.


Besser is funded by the generosity of the community; the museum doesn't receive any continuing financial support from federal, state or local mileages or taxes.


So this year, they're asking the community to support their 50th anniversary capital campaign.


"Support in big ways, or small ways all add up and keep our doors open and keep these wonderful programs going. Volunteers are another big part of what makes things happen at Besser Museum. So, we're just really excited to be at our 50th year anniversary," Executive Director Chris Witulski said.


One of the big projects they want to accomplish this year is upgrading their planetarium with digital equipment.


If you'd like a full schedule of events for Besser's 50th year, or to donate to their campaign, you can visit their website at

Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



491 Johnson Street

Alpena, MI 49707