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14 of the Best Michigan Museums

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    Feeling a little cabin fever? Get out and learn something! The Mitten State has a museum to suit any interest, ranging from our state’s great history and art to bottle caps and the Frisbee Hall of Fame. There are literally hundreds of museums to explore in Michigan – but these, hand picked by us here at The Awesome Michigan, are some of the best Michigan museums you should visit today.

    The Upper Peninsula

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    Photo courtesy of Tom Farnquist, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

    1. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
    18335 N. Whitefish Point Road
    Paradise, Michigan 49768

    More than just the Edmund Fitzgerald!

    2. Coppertown USA Mining Museum
    Red Jacket Road
    Calumet, Michigan 49913

    Michigan is synonymous with copper – find out why!

    3.International Frisbee Hall of Fame
    Located in the Calumet Colosseum
    110 Red Jacket Rd
    Calumet, Michigan 49913

    Yes, it is that Frisbee. Also, the Calumet Colosseum is the oldest indoor ice arena still in use today!

    Northern Michigan

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    Photo courtesy of Dominique King

    Let’s move south a little bit, shall we?

    4.The Bottle-Cap Museum
    Dawson and Stevens Classic 50’s Diner
    231 Michigan Avenue
    Grayling, Michigan 49738

    Good American food and some Coca-Cola history!

    5.Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan
    491 Johnston Street
    Alpena, Michigan 49707

    The planetarium is excellent, and since the light pollution in Alpena is minimal, you can take what you learn straight to the skies!

    6.Dennos Museum Center
    1701 E. Front St.
    Traverse City, Michigan 49686

    Traverse City has a ton of options if you’re looking for museums. Nevertheless, the Dennos Museum Center is definitely a highlight, including film and live music events throughout the year.


    West Michigan

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    Photo courtesy of Robert Maihofer II

    7. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
    1000 East Beltline Avenue NE
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

    Featuring over 150 sculptures by world renowned artists, the Meijer Gardens was named one of the “30 Must-See Museums” by Patricia Schultz.

    8. Grand Rapids Public Museum
    272 Pearl Street NW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

    9.Air Zoo
    6151 Portage Road
    Portage, Michigan 49002

    The Air Zoo is truly awesome, featuring “amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, a RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as more than 50 rare and historic aircrafts. Plus exhibits and educational activities.”


    The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum
    Photo courtesy of Mike Mulholland.

    10. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
    East Circle Drive
    East Lansing, Michigan 48823

    11. MSU Museum
    409 West Circle Drive
    East Lansing, Michigan 48824

    Another Michigan State University museum, “the main exhibition building features three floors with 15 galleries and exhibit spaces for collections and research, new and recent acquisitions, MSU faculty work and experimental student projects, and periodic traveling exhibits on loan from other museums.”

    Southeast Michigan

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    12. Hitsville USA
    2648 West Grand Blvd
    Detroit, Michigan 48208

    The Motown Museum. ‘Nuff said!

    13. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
    220 E. Ann St.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

    14. Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, Michigan 48202

    One of the current exhibits is Dance! American Art 1830-1960. Definitely worth the trip if you can make it, not to mention a brilliant and extensive collection of fine art from around the world.

    This is barely scratching the surface of what Michigan museum’s have to offer. Now get out there and explore!


    Nathan Smathers, Feature Writer

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