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.  


Port Huron Museum

Port Huron St. Clair

The Port Huron Museum has a number of field trip programs. The first field trip available is the general tour of the Port Huron museum. Another program offered is the USCG Cutter Bramble tour which takes students on a tour of a decommissioned coast guard cutter. The next opportunity is the Thomas Edison Depot which shows students on an informative history lesson through Thomas Edison's life and time at Fort Gratiot Station on the Grand Trunk Railroad. Also available is a tour of the Huron Lightship. The final program is Log Cabin Pioneer Days. Students learn what life was like for Michigan pioneers in the 1850’s in an authentic German log home. They will make soup over an open fire, bake cornbread, churnbutter, dip candles, create a tin punch and make journal entries with a feather pen.


Presque Isle Township Museum Society

Presque Isle Presque Isle

Visit 3 registered historical sites: Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, New Presque Lighthouse & 1905 House Museum. Climb the tallest lighthouse open to the public on the Great Lakes. Visit the fully restored 1905 Keeper's House to see how the keeper's family lived. Explore the haunted 1840 lighthouse and view its many artifacts. Meet "life-like" Lighthouse Keeper, Elmer Byrnes, and listen to his story. Enjoy a nature walk through a beautiful cedar forest. Have a picnic. Dip your toes in Lake Huron and watch for passing freighters. Explore a fully restored Keeper's House and read the daily logs. Check out a 1905 kitchen. Ring a ship's bell. Pose for a picture in the stockade. Search through the many photographs from the 1800's. Visit our two gift shops located in the lighthouses. We offer education and recreation and peaceful relaxation.


Roethke House

Saginaw Saginaw

The Roethke House (more officially, the Theodore Roethke Home Museum) is the childhood home of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Theodore Roethke, (1908-1963). Located at 1805 Gratiot Avenue in Saginaw, Michigan, the Roethke House has been preserved by the Friends of Theodore Roethke Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation whose mission is to promote, preserve and protect the literary legacy of Theodore Roethke by restoring his family residences in Saginaw, Michigan, for cultural and educational opportunities.


Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society

Douglas Allegan

What We Do:

Research to discover, collect and interpret local history in all its forms.

Archive historical objects and documents.

Heritage preservation to protect important architecture and green space.

Exhibition and publication design to make history fresh and memorable.

Educational programing to engage students and adults; visitors and locals.


The Dennos Museum Center

Traverse City Grand Traverse

The Dennos Museum Center offers guided tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. Guided by a group of trained volunteer docents, students engage in discussions about current exhibitions. These interactive tours give students an opportunity to analyze artwork, draw connections between the arts and their lives, and make informed decisions about artwork.


The Henry Ford

Dearborn Wayne

The Henry Ford offers a multitude of exhibits that take students through important points in not only Michigan's history but important points in history in general. Themes include American Transportation, American democracy and civil rights, America's industrial revolution, America's innovation, family and community life, and American Science. The Henry Ford also offers the IMAX theater experience to enhance students learning. Greenfield Village allows students to go back in time and experience history hands on with living history.

Cultural, History

Troy Historic Village

Troy Oakland

Focused on Michigan history, Troy Historic Village education programs include onsite, outreach, and virtual field trip options for PreK - 8th grade students. Onsite field trips provide hands-on learning experiences in a log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, turn-of-the-century general store, and more. Activities include beeswax candlemaking, tin punch projects, and toy-making. Eighth grade classes can attend our annual Civil War Days, rotating through stations focused on soldier life, field medicine, the activism of Sojourner Truth, military drills, and 19th-century communication. The Village also offers " Our Community" workbooks as social studies curriculum supplements for 1st and 2nd graders.


University of Michigan Detroit Center

Detroit Wayne

Challenge: Midtown Detroit - Through this nontraditional tour of Midtown Detroit, this engaging program provides students with an engaging way to use their critical thinking and map skills to learn about the culture and history of one of Detroit's most dynamic sectors. Sophisticatedclues and puzzles will lead students and their chaperones on a great learning adventure sure to enlighten them on one of our nation's popular cultural destinations.