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.  

Visual Arts

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Saginaw Saginaw

K-12 Educational Experiences are approximately two hours and include the main exhibit gallery, the Sculptor’s Studio, temporary exhibitions and an art activity. The main exhibit gallery features mostly plaster models that span a career of 70 years of sculpting. Many of the sculptures can be found in Michigan and in other states and countries. Also are artifacts from Marshall Fredrick's Royal Oak studio that are presented in a way to guide students through the casting process. The temporary exhibition gallery features changing exhibitions of international, national, and Michigan artists. Students also can participate in a number of art activities that help students learn the sculpting process.


Matrix Theatre Company

Detroit Wayne

Dedication to the theory and practice of socially engaging theatre, with specialization in collective playwriting and puppet building.

Commitment to place; to the local and specific; to the historical, traditional, and indigenous, as embodiments of universal human experience.

Determination to mount inclusive, affordably priced performances made in partnership with community organizations and held in spaces where the entire community feels welcome.

Conviction that through its work, Matrix is engaged in the struggle for cultural, social, economic and political equality for all.


Maybury Farm

Northville Oakland

Maybury Farm Educational Tours provide a great way to get students out of the classroom to experience life on the farm in a fun, hands-on environment!

Classes offered include:
+ Getting to Know Farm Animals
+ Making Maple Syrup Tours
+ Honey and the Honey Bees
+ Soil...It's More Than Just Dirt!
+ Nature on the Farm
+ Fall Corn Maze

For more information on fees or to book your tour call (248) 374-0200.


Meadow Brook Hall

Rochester Oakland

TEDDY BEAR TEA: This is an introduction to The Hall, with a child-friendly tour of the main floor. We then go to Frances’ playroom for dress-up and tea.

MAKING GAMES: This is the next step of the journey, offering more information about the family and growing up in the 20s and 30s. We cover the whole house with a scavenger hunt and finish upstairs with the type of games both Frances and Danny would have loved.

PUPPETS & PLAYS ON THE FARM: Take a break from The Hall and learn about Meadow Brook Farm while you make an animal puppet.

PLAYING THE PAST: The kids are older so it’s time to learn more about The Hall, including the architecture and interior decorations that make it unique.

SECRET SPACES: This is a special behind-the-scenes tour intended for the older child who has been to Meadow Brook.

ESTATE WALKING TOUR: An exciting tour for older children! This tour involves a lot of walking on tough terrain with steep inclines. Tours continue rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather.

Theatre, Vocal Music

Meadow Brook Theatre

Rochester Oakland

Our Mission is to provide a season of innovative, Broadway quality theatre productions that make audiences smile, laugh and cry, enriching the cultural experience of the community in southeast Michigan. School Matinees available.


Michigan Historical Museum

Lansing Ingham

History Education Programs at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing;

General Tours

Help for Field Trip Costs

Thematic Programs

The Governor's Decision Room

The BIG History Lesson


Michigan Iron Industry Museum

Negaunee Marquette

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum has general walking tours of the museum but also has a wealth of programs to offer to a school group. One program is Michigan Iron Ore which takes students through the history and industry behind Iron. Another is Pioneer Life which discusses the pioneer settlers in Michigan. Iron Ore and Civil War helps students learn the history of civil war while showing how iron ore helped the Union victory. Another program is Great Lakes Lighthouses which is a slide program tour of lighthouses and their details. Tombstones Can Talk explains why tombstones and cemeteries are important historical places. Immigration and Ellis Island details immigrants journeys to Michigan. And lastly Every Artifact Tells a Story allows students be a hands on history detective with selected museum artifacts.

Visual Arts

Michigan Legacy Art Park

Thompsonville Benzie

Taken at a leisurely pace with moments for reflection, a hike through the Art Park typically lasts between 90 minutes and two hours and covers nearly 2 miles of trails. Along your hike, you will discover 47 sculptures, 31 poetry stones and an area of student work. Interpretive signs will help you grasp the meaning of the works. Be sure to pick up a trail map in the desk in front of the Visitors Service Center near the trailhead.


Michigan Maritime Museum

South Haven Van Buren

Experience the rich maritime heritage of the Great Lakes by visiting Michigan's most distinguished institution of maritime research, preservation and education.

Five separate buildings offer a variety of engaging opportunities for the Museum visitor including permanent and changing exhibits on Michigan maritime history, a center for the teaching of boat building and related maritime skills, and a regionally renowned research library. Waterfront festivals and events are complemented by the hustle and bustle of a modern harbor and vast sandy beaches in one of west Michigan's most picturesque shoreline communities.

The sloop Friends Good Will promotes tourism in West Michigan by providing the public with a wide variety of cultural and educational experiences. The historic replica tall ship boasts an interactive, floating classroom that features science and history curriculum for students. Friends Good Will, fully U.S. Coast Guard approved for passengers, is available for day sails as well as private charters. Friends Good Will also makes several voyages to other ports during the sailing season.


Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society

Eastpointe Macomb

The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the stories of Michigan citizens who served and sacrificed, here and abroad , from WWI to the present. Our 11,000 square feet Museum exhibits the actual equipment, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts that bear witness to the high cost of freedom.

Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society