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Frequent Questions

About Us

Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by our patrons. Just start by following one of the links below. If you can't find an answer you're looking for, just ask us.

  1. What do you do there?

    We connect science, history and art in a hands-on learning environment for all ages. For specific facilities, exhibits and programs, check out our “Visit” and “Learn” sections of the website.

  2. For detailed directions click on the question above or visit our “Getting Here” page under “Visit.”
    We are located between East Jordan and Boyne City off Persall Road in the Mile 15 section of the Breezeway/Fall Park/Boyne City- East Jordan Road. (Roads can have many names here in Northern Michigan!)

  3. Admission is $10 per person for children and adults. We like to say that everyone is a kid here at Raven Hill and everyone is encouraged to explore and discover! So we only offer a children’s admission price of $10. Babies in strollers and backpacks are free. If you really want to be an "adult" here, we will gladly charge you $15!

  4. Everyone is a kid at Raven Hill! So we only offer children’s prices. Babies in strollers and backpacks are free. Everyone else pays $10 for an average visit of 2 to 3 hours.

  5. On Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Fourth of July we offer free admission for Veterans.

  6. Visits can last from one hour, to all day! A typical visit last about two to two and a half hours. The animal room show is about a half hour presentation, then you could have about 45 minutes in the main museum, and 45 minutes to explore the grounds.

  7. Yes! We have shirts and souvenirs starting at just $0.25! Drinks are available for sale as well.

  8. ALL AGES! We have something for everyone from 1 – 101! For the younger children we have low benches with plenty of hands-on activities. For children and teens we have a multitude of opportunities, and even seniors enjoy meeting the animals, exploring the museum, discovering the grounds, seeing the ET Building, and maybe taking an art class.

  9. We have both indoor and outdoor exhibits. During the winter, some of the outdoor exhibits are closed, but the main museum is open year-round with the animals, and exhibits stay open as long as snow permits access. Click on the question above or visit our "Facilities and Exhibits" page for more information.

  10. Currently due to COVID-19, we are closed. Normally, we are open 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and weekends from Labor Day to Memorial Day. For specific hours please visit our “Visit” page.

  11. Cheri and Tim Leach founded Raven Hill in 1991 to provide our community with hands-on opportunities to explore, create, learn, grow and play. For more information about our history, please visit our “Mission and History” page.

  12. We incorporated in 1991 and opened our doors in the spring of 1992. For more information about our history, please visit our “Mission and History” page.

  13. We are currently funded by admission costs, programming fees, grants, and most importantly, donations from our community. For more information about giving to Raven Hill, visit our “Get Involved” section.

  14. If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?

    We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. Visit our Financials page to learn more.

  15. We currently have one full time staff, as well as three summer staff, and a multitude of volunteers who make this all possible! Visit our "Board and Staff" page for more information.

  16. YES! We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you wanting to share their talents with us. Visit our Get Involved section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.

  17. How many people visit each year?

    For the last 5 years we have been averaging about 10,000 visitors and outreach participants each year!

  18. Can you get lunch at Raven Hill?

    Sorry, but we do not have lunch for sale here. We do have wonderful picnic tables if you would like to pack a lunch to have a picnic during your visit to Raven Hill!

  19. What kinds of animals do you have?

    We have reptiles, amphibians, a spider, and fish. But our animals are always changing as we adopt new orphaned pets.

  20. Do you have to see and hold the animals?

    You do not have to hold or see the animals, but they are available for those who are interested. We don’t want to scare anyone, and we teach respect of animals, so we would never want you to be uncomfortable during your visit.

  21. Yes! We have many different classes, workshops and more. Please visit our “Learn” section by clicking above for more information and complete class lists.

  22. Can you bring groups—school, church, 4H, scouts—to Raven Hill?

    We love hosts groups both large and small! We do ask that you give us a call for groups of 10 or more to let us know you are coming. We even offer patch opportunities for scout groups, or overnight stays at the museum. Visit our “Groups” page under “Visit” for more information.

  23. Can you rent space for a wedding or reunion?

    YES! We have beautiful spaces available for your next event. Please contact us for more information.

  24. What is your organization's privacy policy?

    Our organization takes its privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. For more detailed information visit our Privacy Policy page.