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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, handpicked by us here at Awesome Michigan, are some of the best Michigan museums you should visit this spring.

    Best Museums in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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

    The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

    18335 N. Whitefish Point Road
    Paradise, Michigan 49768

    More than just the Edmund Fitzgerald!

    Coppertown USA Mining Museum

    Red Jacket Road
    Calumet, Michigan 49913

    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!

    P.S. Be sure to grab a cold one at one of the best UP breweries while on the Keweenaw Peninsula!

    Northern Michigan Museums to Visit

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    Photo courtesy of Dominique King

    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!

    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!

    Dennos Museum Center

    1701 E. Front St.
    Traverse City, Michigan 49686

    There are lots of great things to do in Traverse City, especially if you’re looking for Michigan museums. Nevertheless, the Dennos Museum Center is definitely a highlight, including film and live music events throughout the year.

    Top West Michigan Museums

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    Photo courtesy of Robert Maihofer II

    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.

    Grand Rapids Public Museum

    272 Pearl Street NW
    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

    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 aircraft. Plus exhibits and educational activities.”

    Mid-Michigan Museums to Enjoy


    Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

    East Circle Drive
    East Lansing, Michigan 48823

    MSU Museum

    409 West Circle Drive
    East Lansing, Michigan 48824

    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.

    Best Museums in Southeast Michigan

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    Hitsville USA, aka Motown Museum

    2648 West Grand Blvd
    Detroit, Michigan 48208

    The Ann Arbor Hands-On Children’s Museum

    220 E. Ann St.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

    Fun for kids of all ages, this museum in downtown Ann Arbor lets kids explore the world around them through hands-on play.

    Detroit Institute of Arts

    5200 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, Michigan 48202


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


    article contributed by Nathan Smathers

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