John Winckowski

Planetarium Coordinator

John and his wife Haley Gardner have moved to Alpena from Toledo, Ohio, where John was a student and employee for the University of Toledo.  While attending the University, he studied and completed his bachelor's degree in Astrophysics, so he is a certified astrophysicist!  

Before studying astrophysics, he spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corp and was stationed in Quantico, Virginia.  John hopes to bring his skills and experiences to full use at Besser Museum, and looks forward to serving the community.



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