MACKINAW CITY — Out of overwhelming safety concern for visitors and staff, in following state and federal guidelines, and in consultation with business and community leaders, Mackinac State Historic Parks has made the decision to delay the tentative opening of its historic sites and facilities on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City once again, this time to mid-June.


Mackinac State Historic Parks' sites and facilities include sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City. These include Fort Mackinac, the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center and restroom, Historic Downtown Mackinac, Fort Holmes Blockhouse, Mission Church, Bark Chapel, the restrooms at Arch Rock and British Landing and British Landing Nature Center on the island.


The Biddle House, featuring the Mackinac Island Native American Museum, will open at a date to be determined, due to construction delays.


In Mackinaw City, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park will be affected by these changes and delays in opening.


The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-changing and fluid situation, and the staff of Mackinac State Historic Parks will continue to follow all federal and state guidelines set forth. Specific opening dates will be set as more information becomes available.


“We thank the public for their understanding,” said Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks director. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our sites on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City and celebrating our 125th anniversary season.”