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 Historical, Science

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

Ludington Mason

The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum brings history to life with digital storytelling, authentic images and artifacts, and engaging interactive exhibits that entertain, enlighten, and inspire a deeper appreciation for the region’s maritime history. Located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this family-friendly, three-story museum overlooks Lake Michigan’s wild shoreline, Ludington’s iconic North Pier Light, and the historic car ferry Badger, extending the maritime experience beyond its doors in this vacation wonderland. The museum is operated by the Mason County Historical Society, which also operates the nearby Historic White Pine Village.

Cultural Historical, Dance, Instrumental Music, Science, Theatre, Vocal Music

Potter Center at Jackson College

Jackson Jackson

The Potter Center at Jackson College is comprised of the most versatile and complete performing arts complex in the area. Viewed separately, each of the three theatres is well designed, constructed and equipped. Viewed as an entire arts complex, the educational and entertainment possibilities are limitless.


Potter Park Zoo

Lansing Ingham

Potter Park Zoo offers a variety of programs for school groups and teachers. From guided tours to classroom presentation, each of our programs can be tailored to suit your needs.


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.



Detroit Wayne

PuppetART offers an in depth fieldtrip for groups of up to 70 students throughout the year. Field trips include Puppet performance, puppetry workshop, and museum tour. Specific performances are available on Puppet Art's website.


Purple Rose Theatre Company

Chelsea Washtenaw

Free backstage tours offer an insider’s look at running a professional theatre and provide learning opportunities for guests of all ages. Groups of 15 to 50 visitors can enjoy a full-access tour of the theatre – including backstage areas, scene shop, business offices and more – as well as Q & A with Purple Rose staff, live demonstrations of technical elements, an overview of Purple Rose history and insight into actor rituals and theatre traditions.

Vocal Music

Rackham Symphony Choir

Grosse Pointe Wayne

Student Dress Rehearsal of Too Hot To Handel: Jazz gospel Messiah with Rackham Symphony Choir, full orchestra, professional soloists and jazz musicians. Performed at the Detroit Opera House in early December.


Raven Hill Discovery Center

East Jordan Charlevoix

Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors. Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play.

Visual Arts

REACH Studio Art Center

Lansing Ingham

REACH STUDIO ART CENTER is a non-profit community art studio located in the REO Town District of Lansing, Michigan. REACH offers out-of-school visual art education for youth of all ages (2-18), and adults from the Greater Lansing Area, taught by local artists and art educators.

Cultural Historical, Dance, Instrumental Music, Literary Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music

Riverside Arts Center

Ypsilanti Washtenaw

The Riverside Arts Center offers, promotes, and nurtures dynamic arts and cultural programs through arts education, performing arts, visual and fine arts activities that serve and engage the community in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, and the surrounding area.
The Riverside Arts Center offers diverse and high-quality arts programming that makes a positive contribution to the image, culture, education, and economic development of the Ypsilanti community. A hub of artistic ventures, Riverside Arts Center produces and hosts various fine and performing artist activities in an accessible facility that includes a theater, art galleries, dance studio, artist studios, and classrooms. With a primary focus on the Ypsilanti community, Riverside Arts Center provides artistic programming for Washtenaw County and the surrounding area.