Port Huron, Michigan: Knowlton's Ice Museum

The largest collection of ice-making equipment and memorabilia in the U.S. Thousands of items, including ice-cutting tools dredged from the bottoms of lakes and rivers.

317 Grand River Ave., Port Huron, MI
Downtown. Take I-69/94 exit 274 toward Canada, quickly turn right onto I-94 Business/Hancock St., then immediately turn right onto Pine Grove Ave. Drive south a little less than two miles into downtown, then turn left onto Grand River Ave. The museum will be one block east, on the left, just past Michigan St.
Open year-round; days and hours vary with seasons. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
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Knowlton Ice Museum

The Knowlton Ice Museum tells the story of when "ice harvesting" was a hot job, and blocks of ice were delivered to your ice box. Horses were involved in ice harvesting in some cases, and the saws were crazy-huge! This museum is family-owned and the family is darling. Cost is $5 per person. There is a fifteen minute DVD to watch on the ice harvesting, then you walk through tons of antiques, from ice carts to tools to ice boxes to milk trucks. Staggering to think one guy collected all this.

[Marci Christian, 05/08/2012]

Ice Museum.

Knowlton's Ice Museum

Admission Prices Adults $4.00 6-10 yrs $2.00 Under 6 Free.

[Brad, 08/21/2011]

Before electric refrigeration (and even after), freshwater ice chopped from lakes and rivers was used into the warm months to preserve food and medicine. Open as a museum since 1990, this collection of 19th and 20th century ice tools is the nation's largest. The museum includes vehicles, memorabilia, films on video, and every aspect of the ice industry.

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