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!
Upon 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.
The 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!