Bottle House Museum

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Walls created from 60,000 glass bottles make museum one-of-a-kind

In the heart of Manistee County, you’ll find the village of Kaleva—and the Bottle House Museum, where visitors usually spend as much time admiring the outside of the unique structure as they do exploring the treasures within.

Built in the 1940s, the Bottle House was constructed by John Makinen, who used 60,000 chipped or flawed bottles from his local pop bottling factory. Makinen even incorporated different colored bottles to create artistic designs and words within the walls of his house.

Inside the museum, exhibits relate to the early settlement of Kaleva, Finnish-American culture, and early 20th-century farm life, along with a special display highlighting the lures of the Makinen Tackle Company.

Location: 14551 Wuoksi St., Kaleva, MI 49645

Hours: Mem Day-Labor Day: Sat-Sun 12-4 p.m.; Sep-Oct: Sat 12-4 p.m.

Cost: $3/individual suggested donation.

Details: Street parking; also church parking lot. Not wheelchair accessible. Tour guide availability/cost varies.

More information: Visit www.kalevami.com/The_Bottle_House_Museum.html.

 

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