The Ada Historical Society operates the Averill Historical Museum of Ada in an 1870s farmhouse and barn owned by Ada Township.  AHS displays collections in exhibits about the area’s original inhabitants, Rix Robinson and the fur trade, Ada’s military history, life in a farming community, the business of Ada, children’s toys, the railroad in Ada, and local schools.

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Temporary Museum Closure – We’ve decided to close the museum to visitation for the rest of 2020. We’ve made the difficult decision given the rise of COVID rates in West Michigan, new restrictions, and for the health of our visitors and volunteers. The museum has wonderful new exhibits that we are eager to share with you when it is safe to do so again. We appreciate your understanding.

We are located at 7144 Headley Street, Ada, Michigan. The Museum is closed during the months of January and February.  Feel free to contact us via e-mail or phone during that time.

The museum contains a gift shop where people can purchase a number of items including: a woven afghan that depicts several older buildings in Ada, apparel, mugs, candles, books and stationary. There is no charge for admission, but donations are always welcomed.

Looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? Let us help you out! The Ada Historical Society has a variety of opportunities for individuals looking for a way to “plug in.” We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on the objects in our collections, to help plan or staff events, to train as a docent, or something more behind-the-scenes, like utilizing your skills in gardening or administrative work. If you are interested in donating your time and learning more about our community at the same time, please contact us by phone at 676- 9346, or email the museum at

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With current construction project, the existing exhibit spaces will improve the flow and maneuvering clearances to better accommodate wheel-chair bound visitors and staff.  The museum addition and renovation will improve handicap accessibility to be in-line with the current ADA standards.  Primarily, the addition will provide two new handicap accessible restrooms to the facility where none existing previously.  A new kitchenette is planned which will meet proper maneuvering clearances, counter-top heights, and sink approach.  Furthermore, a new exterior ramp will provide improved access from the parking lot to the building entry.  All new doorways will meet the required width and threshold requirements.  The addition will be completed fall 2018.