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14 Can’t Miss Museums in Michigan | Best Michigan Museums Across the State

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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  1. Great choices. In the mid-Michigan area I would also highly recommend the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center inside the Hall of Justice. Michigan is one of only a handful of states that has a dedicated space to teach its citizens about the court system.
    And it’s a really fun, interactive learning environment!

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