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Arts and Culture Destinations
Below is a list of Arts and Culture Destinations in the state of Michigan. This list is to be used as a reference. If you are an arts and culture organization that can welcome school groups and are interested in being included in the database, CLICK HERE for the application.
Cultural, Instrumental Music
American Museum of MagicMarshall Calhoun
The American Museum of magic celebrates magicians and their magic. It holds the stories and the treasures of performers that entertained residents of the smallest communities and audiences in the grandest theaters. The American Museum of Magic is home to the largest collection of magic open to the public. Thousands of artifacts illuminate the stories of Houdini, Blackstone, Thurston and many others.
Automotive Hall of FameDearborn Wayne
At the Automotive Hall of Fame students view a short video introducing the Automotive Hall of Fame, then they partake in an interactive demonstration about sources of power for automobiles. In groups, students will take part in an age appropriate scavenger hunt. Finally, they will view another interactive demonstration about automotive safety.
Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Research SocietyBrimley Chippewa
Trains rolled through Brimley from 1887 until 1961.
A railroad trestle across Waishka Bay connected Brimley with the now nonexistent milltown of Bay Mills with daily passenger train service between Sault Ste. Marie and Bay Mills. Trains brought logs to Mills in Bay Mills and carried away lumber.
Cultural, Visual Arts
Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center – Northern Michigan UniversityMarquette Marquette
The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center is a historical museum and educational facility on the campus of Northern Michigan University. 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 105 Cohodas Hall and several other displays throughout campus.
Castle MuseumSaginaw Saginaw
The Castle Museum offers the students of the Saginaw Valley a great place to come learn about local history. They can experience first-hand what this area was like hundreds of years ago. They will see the progression from prehistoric times and its artifacts in our archaeology exhibits to the lumberjacks who made history with green gold. From the early businesses and inventors of the Saginaw Valley to the development of the City of Saginaw and other communities, students will learn about their county, culminating in our newest exhibit, Geared for Production: The Story of Automotive Manufacturing in Saginaw.
The Castle Museum also offers virtual field trips. Students of the Saginaw Valley and beyond are able to visit us without ever leaving the classroom. A Castle Museum staff member will share a portion of our museum with your students via the Internet. Teachers can choose from Lumbering, Archaeology, and Geared for Production: Saginaw’s Automotive Story or request their own based on another exhibit.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American HistoryDetroit Wayne
At the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History guests will journey the permanent exhibition And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture with different people of the time periods they are traveling through.
Chippewa Nature CenterMidland Midland
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) offers science and history based programs for preschool to high school groups both at the nature center or "On the Road"--where we go to the school. The programs are geared to meet the curricular needs of the teacher while being engaging and interesting for the students. All of the programs are correlated to Michigan's Great Level Content Expectations. We have more than 40 program offerings, as well as "traveling trunks" for rent and educator workshops.
Colonial MichilimackinacMackinaw City Emmet
Give your kids a history lesson they don’t know they’re taking. From cannon firings to dressing in soldiers’ clothing to a walk through history, kids will learn as much here as they would in a classroom.