Permanent Exhibits

Across our four buildings, guests can enjoy a range of permanent exhibits that explore the story of Berrien County’s past.  From Berrien County: Our Storied Past inside the 1839 Courthouse to the history of Berrien County’s sheriffs, there is something for everyone.

Many of our newly renovated exhibits are family friends, with interactive games and even selfie stations to make your visit to the museum a memorable experience!

Current renovation: The lower level of the Sheriff’s Residence is nearing the end of the first leg of its renovation.  Please pardon our dust!

On Display in 2022

Global Titan: The Story of Buchanan’s Clark Equipment Company

January 19 – April 3, 2022

Yelling Timber! The Lumber Industry in Southwest Michigan

April 13 – July 4, 2022

The Melodious Faithful: The Musical History of the House of David

July 13 – October 2, 2022

Sew Gorgeous: The Quilts of the BCHA’s Collections

October 12 – December 23, 2022


All temporary exhibits are available to view during our normal business hours and are free to the public.  If you are interested in sponsoring one of our exhibits, please contact us at 269-471-1202 or email Rhiannon at rcizon@berrienhistory.org!

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Past Exhibits

Chalkdust: School Life in Berrien County ( October 6 – December 24, 2021)

Curious Curios: The Strange and Wonderful World of the BCHA’s Collections (July 28 – September 19, 2021)

Batter, Batter SWING!  Baseball in Southwest Michigan (May 26 – July 18, 2021)

And the Winner is. . .: The Queens of Blossomtime (March 24 – May 16, 2021)

Historic Rituals: The Freemasons of Berrien County (January 13 – March 7, 2021)

To the Polls: Elections and Politics in SW Michigan (October 1 – November 23, 2020)

Nineteen: Suffrage in Southwest Michigan (July 22 – September 20, 2020)

A Walk in the Park: Green Spaces & Parks of Berrien County (June 13 – July 12, 2020)

A Community Curated: A Cup of Sugar (March 11 – 22, 2020)

Through a Child’s Eyes: Creative Kids 2020 (March 11 – 22, 2020)

Wish You Were Here: A BCHA Collections Exhibit (January 15 – February 29, 2020)