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
18335 N. Whitefish Point Road
Paradise, Michigan 49768
More than just the Edmund Fitzgerald!
Red Jacket Road
Calumet, Michigan 49913
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
Dawson and Stevens Classic 50’s Diner
231 Michigan Avenue
Grayling, Michigan 49738
Good American food and some Coca-Cola history!
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!
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
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.
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
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
East Circle Drive
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
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
Hitsville USA, aka Motown Museum
2648 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48208
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.
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