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.  

Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Canton Wayne

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill offers performances of various plays throughout the school year. Normally five different plays will be put on stage at a frequency of about one a month, or every other month.

Instrumental Music

Thunder Bay Theatre, INC.

Alpena Alpena

"The mission of Thunder Bay Theatre is to provide a year-round schedule of programs, including mainstage productions, educational shows and theatre workshops. Organized as a non-profit corporation, TBT is a professional theatre committed to entertaining its audiences with high quality productions utilizing its resident professional company augmented with community talent."

Vocal Music

Tibbits Opera House

Coldwater Branch

What Tibbits offers your group:

Professional shows

Tours of the historic theatre – Tours are available and adaptable to your group’s interests.

An intimate theatre with an exquisitely restored façade and captivating ambiance

Coldwater’s friendly, small town charm

Handicap accessibility

Free Easy Parking

Ideal location with easy access off the highway – Theatre is easily accessible from I-69, 80/90 toll road and I-94.

Easy stop on your path to many other destinations

Benefits for your group and tour leader

Instrumental Music

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Traverse City Grand Traverse

At the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, we believe in the importance of music education and strive to nurture a love of music in children and the community. Music helps with math, science, coordination, creativity, languages and cooperation. Our free family programs are offered twice every season, bringing the classical music experience to all ages. Get up close and personal with symphonic music, instruments and our musicians.

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.

Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music

University Musical Society

Ann Arbor Washtenaw

From theater to modern dance, from Brazil to China, UMS School Day Performances feature some of the world’s best performing artists and use the arts to ignite student imagination and support student growth and development.

Performances serve kindergarten through high school students and teachers receive UMS Learning Guides to facilitate meaningful connections between the performance and classroom curriculum.


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.


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Ann Arbor Washtenaw

The University of Michigan Exhibit Museum offers an array of guided tours that include Dancing with the Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Explorers, Prehistoric Life, Rocks and Fossils, Behind the Scenes: Mammals, and Michigan Ecology. The Museum also offers theme based days called Learn It! Do It! Days. These are on specific dates and subjects include Dinosaurs, Wild Weather, Michigan Wildlife and Ecology, Bitterly Festival, along with others. The Planetarium is also open and offers a variety of topics and programs.


Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

Marquette Marquette

Hands-on fun formal or informal visits. Jim is willing to work with any teacher on a host of topics which can be taught through the museum’s exhibits.School groups are also welcome to have informal visits to the museum for self discovery.

Visual Arts

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)

Grand Rapids Kent

School Tours include docent led tours and hands-on experiences in our galleries and youth studio.