The Victorian House Museum

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506 Maple St, USA 49660

The historic James Dempsey Mansion is the only 19th Century Victorian lumber-baron House Museum in the Victorian Port City of Manistee, MI. We offer public tours of the interior year-round. The Dempsey Mansion is the largest remaining Victorian single-family lumber baron residence in the city, and has been preserved and restored to its opulent nineteenth century grandeur. It contains and exhibits the Lifetime Collections of Rev. James Colburn, B.A., M.A., IATSE, Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Genres include antique furniture, paintings, sculpture, historical artifacts, ceramics, handcrafts, and objets d’art.


  • Regularly scheduled tours are available for persons over 18 years of age at 11:30am and at 2:00pm on the First and Third Thursday of each month (holidays excepted).

  • All tours are arranged by scheduling a Reservation in advance.

  • Group maximum is normally 12 persons per tour.

To reserve your tour, Please call the The Dempsey Manor office at (616) 802-4588.

It is best to give as much advance notice as possible of both your requested date and the size of your party (two weeks is suggested). On occasion, tours may be booked at shorter notice, so please inquire.

The duration of the tour varies according to the following:

A. The Architectural Tour (exterior and interior):  1 hour to 1 1/2 hour.

B. The Highlights of the Collections Tour (interior only): 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours.

TOUR A:  The Architectural Tour – Adults:          $15.00      Seniors:        $13.00

TOUR B:  Highlights of the Collections Tour – Adults:          $19.50      Seniors:        $17.50

Light refreshments are available at an additional $8.50 per person for group tours of six persons or more.  Advance arrangements are required by calling the The Dempsey Manor office at (616) 802-4588 at the time of your Tour Reservation.

Contact Information
Phone: 616-802-4588

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