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February 20th, 2017 by MichiganLiving 6 Extraordinary Michigan Attractions That Are Often Overlooked!
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It’s no secret that Michigan is home to amazing destinations and tourist attractions. From the mesmerizing wonders of nature up to magnificent man-made architecture, Michigan has it all.

We already covered lots of family friendly Michigan attractions and destinations at this blog. Some of them are so popular not only with the locals but even in international grounds. But did you know that there are lots of extra-ordinary Michigan places that don’t get that much attention? Some of them are listed down below.

American Museum of Magic – Marshall, Michigan

This is the largest magic museum in the United States of America. It’s the home to more than half a million pieces of magic memorabilia. The museum was founded in 1978 and it resides in an old Victorian structure (formerly a saloon, clothing store and billiard house establishment) in Calhoun County.

The museum holds more than 10,000 books, 24000 magazines, 46000 photos and letters about magic and magicians. One of the most popular items that this museum has is the escape apparatus used by Harry Houdini in his famous Milk Can Escape trick.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum – Farmington Hills, Michigan

This establishment or destination has an astounding collection of coin-operated games and automata. It houses vintage arcade games, automata, model airplanes, vintage fans, and other old items and objects that are suited to the establishment’s theme.  One of the most popular and strangest items that you can find in this museum is the Dr. Ralph Bingenpurge “Country Food Inspector”. It’s an automaton built to continuously vomit onto a pile of old bottles for no reason.

Earl Young Gnome Houses – Charlevoix, Michigan

If you are a fan of the movie “The Lord of the Rings”, you will surely appreciate this unique and one of a kind Michigan attraction. Residents of Park Avenue in Charlevoix Michigan are truly proud of the amazing houses built by Architect Earl Young. The houses are called Gnome Houses because they resemble the Hobbit Houses seen at The Lord of the Rings movies. The homes’ rooftops and walls are made from fieldstone, redstone, limestone, quarry stone and boulders. They are simply amazing and truly mesmerizing to look at.

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The Bottle House – Kaleva, Michigan

In Kaleva, Michigan, there’s one house that stands out from the rest – the John J. Makinen Sr. Bottle House.  As the owner of Northwestern Bottling Works, John has limitless access to used glass bottles. He took advantage of it and built his dream home using some bricks, woods and more than 60,000 glass soda pop bottles.

#Kaleva #BottleHouse #Museum #PureMichigan @PureMichigan #weirdandlovingit

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Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Robot fans and die-hard followers of robotics will surely love this place. This establishment has robotic kits that can help anyone build their very own robot or even an army of bots! It’s a place to be for all soon-to-be scientists and alike. Kids will surely love this place too!

For all your robot needs.

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The Brain Biodiversity Bank – Lansing, Michigan

The brain collection of Michigan State University has literally lots of brains (35 years worth of brain collection) than you can imagine. It houses over 275 mammalian brains, sectioned and categorized to emphasize its different regions.  There are exotic animal brains in display and some familiar ones. There are brains of African bush elephants, flying lemurs, dolphins and humans!

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8 responses to “6 Extraordinary Michigan Attractions That Are Often Overlooked!”

  1. Those are interesting places! Love them all!

  2. I’ve been to the mushroom houses and to Marvin’s. Marvin just recently passed away.

  3. I’m sad to say that I’ve never been to any of these! I will have to change this soon!

  4. It’s true, the Earl Young Gnome House is mesmerizing! It’s beautiful.

  5. Elizabeth O. says:

    Those are great. I love that they have different things to offer, making your experience even more memorable. The museums are really interesting and intriguing.

  6. Tonia says:

    Very cool. I think I would visit the Bottle House. It sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing this list.

  7. As huge fan of Houdini, it would be so much fun to visit a museum about magic. I’m also a big of an architecture buff and find it so fascinating to explore the different styles.

  8. Our Family World says:

    Lovely! When I’ll be going there, I’m sure to go in your list.

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