Rainy Day Paradise: Michigan Science Center

Rainy Day Paradise: Michigan Science Center

I won’t lie – I’ve always spent more time planning to visit art museums than science museums. During #MittenTrip Detroit, I decided to branch out of my comfort zone a bit to spend some time exploring the Michigan Science Center near Wayne State University‘s Midtown Campus. I must say, I was worried I would have been ‘wasting time’ during a summer trip to Detroit, but the rain got the better of me and I sure am glad it did!

#MittenTrip Detroit - The Awesome MittenUpon stepping foot inside the museum, one is greeted by an incredible array of opportunities – robots to the left, engineering to the right, and automobiles straight ahead. Around every corner, there’s a new experience to be had. Kids young and old are delighted by experiments in the five senses, in geography, in human anatomy, in food production, and much, much more. The Michigan Science Center boasts 5 theaters, 120 exhibits, and 4 traveling exhibitions that gives everyone the ability to check out something new and intriguing.

The Michigan Science Center upholds the STEM learning objectives from statewide curriculum practices, demonstrated by maintaining a state-of-the-art facility chockfull of an incredible variety exciting and fun activities for every kid and kid-at-heart. I had so much fun playing with the magnifying glasses, the earth pendulum, and the lathe! I crossed a replica Mackinac Bridge and visited space in the Dassault Systemes Planetarium. I spent a lot of time wishing I had a few children with me to share in the fun, so I promised to visit again soon.

#MittenTrip Detroit - The Awesome MittenThe Michigan Science Center offers plenty of membership and ticketing options to appease every budget and family. It is available for hire for birthday parties, camp, private events, and more! The gorgeous, light-filled building on John R is smack in the middle of the Museum District, easily accessible from I-75 and just off of Woodward.

This summer, the museum is open 7 days a week for your visiting pleasure.  For more information or to plan your next trip to Mi-Sci, visit www.mi-sci.org and check out the rotating exhibits on Facebook.
Have you had a chance to explore the Michigan Science Center? What is your favorite exhibit? Sound off below!

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  • Kathy Hartwig Grillo

    We visited the DIA today and for free! And 8 dollars for our guest from England we enjoyed a few hours with beautiful paintings. Then on our way out decided to visit the science center since it was a rainy day. We recently moved from Cleveland and thoroughly enjoyed the science center there. 14 DOLLARS per person and then half of the exhibits were broken or being redone or closed!!! And the things that were working had broken or missing pieces an were dirty! Even the snack bar only had one person serving and collecting money and half of the meager food choices were not available. I was extremely disappointed. I will not be returning, nor will I recommend anyone I know to visit. I will go out of my way to let people know and to post about this ripoff! Whoever is running this joint needs to either lower the price WAY down or take a road trip and visit some REAL science centers to see how it should be done. I was embarrassed that we took or houseguest here. What an awful representation for the city of Detroit