The mission of the U.P. Heritage Center is to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula through an active slate of exhibitions and engaging public programs for the whole region. The center also collects and preserves artifacts related to the history of Northern Michigan University. The center maintains a gallery in Gries Hall and several other displays throughout campus.
The Heritage Center is part of Academic Affairs and has partnerships with several other departments. It provides interdisciplinary programs and internships for students across the university spectrum.