Location & Hours


The Jim Crow Museum is located on the Lower Level of
Ferris State University FLITE Library in Big Rapids Michigan.

Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive 
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307

Mailing address and for Donations

Jim Crow Museum
Ferris State University
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307

Information about Big Rapids.

"Using objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice"



Contact the museum at (231) 591-5873, or at [email protected]

The Museum is FREE and open to the public; therefore, the Museum is largely dependent on donations-financial and in-kind-to enhance its work.

Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to schedule prior to arrival to ensure all accommodations are made.

Parking permits can be obtained through Ferris Department of Public Safety.
Meter parking is also available in lot 27, FLITE Library

Patrons with disabilities may contact the museum with questions regarding access to the museum's physical space and contents. The Museum has a wheelchair which patrons may use during their visit, provided as a courtesy to patrons. However, We do not provide personal attendants or mobility services.


As a precaution to reduce COVID-19 (coronavirus) exposure, the Jim Crow Museum will be closed beginning March 16, 2020, until further notice. Obviously, we do this with a heavy heart. We will update the general public as information becomes available.

Update on Hours

The Jim Crow Museum will be closed to the public each Monday, effective April 1, 2019.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Recently the museum has received an increased number of object donations and will utilize this time to properly process and care for the new objects, and conduct other necessary collections-based projects.  To view a continuously updated calendar of available days and hours, please visit this page:   https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/location.htm

Child Visitors to the Jim Crow Museum

Many of the artifacts and media pieces in the Jim Crow Museum contain explicit images of violence and nudity, offensive language, and other mature themes. Because of this, the Museum is strongly recommended only for those 12 years of age and older.

The Museum staff encourages all school-aged children be accompanied by a guardian or adult. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a guardian or adult.

Guided student group tours are available for ninth-grade classes and higher.

All group tours are by appointment only.

Photography and Video Recording Policy

Visitors to the Jim Crow Museum are prohibited from photographing or video recording any portions of the Museum.

Exceptions to this policy can be made at the discretion of Museum staff and might include special events, scholars who have made arrangements in advance of their visits, and credentialed members of the press.




(Closed Mondays)

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Group tours by appointment


Open every other Saturday from noon to 5 pm in conjunction with the FLITE Library building opening.
Closed Sundays

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