Argus Museum – Ann Arbor, Michigan - Atlas Obscura

Argus Museum

One of the camera company's former manufacturing buildings is now a museum dedicated to its history. 


The Argus Museum is a unique place that tells the story of a camera company, the people involved and showcases unique collections connected to Argus. Established in 1983, the Museum is housed on the second floor of the Argus I Building, which was one of the company’s manufacturing facilities and is situated in Ann Arbor’s Old West Side neighborhood.

Argus was the second-largest manufacturer and distributor of camera equipment into the mid-1950s. Significant photographic collections were created using Argus cameras and their products of the 1940s and 1950s are often viewed as iconic classic American-made cameras. Additionally, its contributions to World War II’s Arsenal of Democracy were significant. 

The Museum’s displays include rare models and prototypes of photography and military equipment, photographs and personal items of those associated with the company. The museum hosts photography exhibitions featuring local and regional artists, particularly those who create images using film. The museum also hosts meetings, tours, presentations, book signings, and an annual conference. There’s a lot to discover within this small space.

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The Argus Building has a dedicated parking lot and free parking is hard to come by in Ann Arbor!

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