Immerse your family in beauty and culture by visiting one of these popular Metro Detroit art museums and art centers.…
WE LOVE FREE and some of our favorite museums are offering free admission for select days this weekend!
Michigan Science Center – FREE DAILY THRU AUGUST 17TH
5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202 | 313.577.8400
The Michigan Science Center inspires curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The hands-on museum is great for all ages starting with little ones who can’t do much more than stand. Kids Town offers kids up to age 5 a chance to get their hands wet in water, have fun in a ball pit, learn about health at the new grocery store and more!
The Henry Ford Museum – FREE ADMISSION AUGUST 18TH
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI, 48124 | 313.982.6001
Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers’ achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller’s circular Dymaxion House. Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today. And in doing so, discover your own path.
Charles H Wright Museum of African American History – FREE ADMISSION AUGUST 16-18TH
315 East Warren Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201 | 313.494.5800
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. This 125,000 square foot museum includes “And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture,” the museum’s 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit, which attracts and enthralls thousands of visitors per year. An amazing adventure of history, art and achievement awaits you or your group at The Wright Museum!
Enjoy FREE admission all year long at these local museums!
Belle Isle Nature Center
176 Lakeside Drive, Detroit, MI 48207 | 313.852.4056
The Belle Isle Nature Center is located on the beautiful Belle Isle State Park, which offers the perfect location for educational, environmental and natural experiences in the metro Detroit area. Visitors are able to get an insider’s view of an actual beehive and get an up-close view of Michigan wildlife. A bird observation window allows guests to watch native and migratory birds as they feed from natural and supplemental food sources. The Deer Encounter allows guests the opportunity to observe the fallow deer while learning about their history with Belle Isle. Note: A state park pass if required to drive on the island.
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 | 313.833.7900
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is one of the premier art museums in the United States, is it is home to more than 60,000 works. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art. Admission is free to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and they offer free programs for families every weekend.
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48202 | 313.833.1805
The Detroit Historical Museum is the only museum dedicated to chronicling our region’s history. Permanent exhibits include the Streets of Old Detroit, Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” America’s Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. Changing exhibits rotate throughout the year in spaces including our Booth-Wilkinson Gallery, Community Gallery and Automotive Showplace.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
100 The Strand, Detroit, MI, 48207 | 313.833.5538
The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Permanent exhibits include Built by the River in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery, the Miss Pepsi vintage championship hydroplane, the Gothic Room from the S.S. City of Detroit III, the S.S. William Clay Ford pilot house, and one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world. Significant artifacts include a bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald and an 18th century British canon salvaged from the Detroit River. Note: A state park pass if required to drive on the island.
Museum of Natural History
1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 | 734.764.0478
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History transforms hearts and minds by promoting understanding of the natural world, our place in it, and our impact on it. We bring campus and community together in participatory and inclusive learning experiences to explore the processes of science and to address urgent global and local challenges.
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..