Exhibits

The BCHA is dedicated to providing experiences for our visitors that are immersive and interactive.  To meet this mission, we host a number of permanent and temporary exhibits throughout the year.  Our long-term offerings can be found in all four of the open buildings, while temporary exhibits can be found inside the Sheriff’s Residence.

In 2020, the BCHA is introducing the virtual exhibit experience!  This allows for us to showcase smaller collections in our vaults, expand upon current exhibits, and to even explore entirely new subjects that benefit from a multimedia experience!

Permanent Exhibits

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Explore the world of our historic 1839 Courthouse and how it is the centerpiece to Berrien County’s storied past.  Permanent exhibits help you discover what defines the cornerstone of the state on the lower level while exhibits on the second floor allow guests to step into the shoes of lawyer from long ago.

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The life of the Murdocks and other early Berrien County pioneers come to life inside the Murdock Cabin, with artifacts on display in a traditional house museum set up. Step inside to step back in time.

Note: At this time, the second story is not open to the public.

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What started out as a community meeting space has become the home of industrial history as Bennett’s Forge lets the story of blacksmiths and other artisans remain relevant in our highly digital world.

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The history of the “long arm of the law” is on display inside the Sheriff’s Residence along with our current temporary exhibit and you can tap into your inner criminal as you explore the recreated jail cells on the Plaza

Note: At this time, the second story is not open to the public. 

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On Display Now

Historic Rituals: The Freemasons of Berrien County

January 13 – March 7, 2021

Starting off 2020 is a look inside the history of the freemasons of Berrien County. From Grand Masters to fish frys, the members of the county’s many lodges have shaped our history and in some cases, our identities.
The exhibit will be on display from January 13th through March 7th and is free to the public. Photos, artifacts, and more will let you catch a glimpse into a whole new world.
Beginning January 21st, a Master Mason from one of the area lodges will be providing guided tours and information on Thursdays from 2p to 4p. through the run of the exhibit.
Our partners for this exhibit include: St. Joseph Valley #4 (Niles), Buchanan #68, Coloma #162, Three Oaks #239, Lakeshore #298 (Benton Harbor), St. Joseph #437 and the Michigan Masonic Museum

Next Exhibit –  And the Winner is. . .: The Queens of Blossomtime

Coming March 2021

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The Nelsons

Barbara Pence

Joe & Susan Ruth

The Rorabecks

Linear Electric, Benton  Harbor

 

Thank you to these sponsors for supporting the renovation of Berrien County: Our Storied Past

St. Joseph- Benton Harbor Rotary Foundation

Thank you to these sponsors for supporting the renovation of the Sheriff's Residence exhibit.