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Museums in Michigan

From national treasures to local folklore, a trip to a Michigan museum offers a look what makes this region so full of culture. From the maritime history of the Upper Peninsula to the Motown sounds of Detroit, Michigan offers many museums that preserve the traditions, customs, and legends of the area.

Car enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Detroit to explore the MotorCities National Heritage Area. This heritage is designed to preserve the cultural and historical impact the automobile industry has had on the Detroit Metropolitan area with a collection of tours, events, and historical sites.

Spend a fun day learning about science at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Education is the focal point of this incredible science and history museum. Check out the life-sized statue of a Stegosaurus, and stroll through the center’s most popular areas, including the observatory, nature center, planetarium and the Erb Family Science Garden.

Learn all about the Ford Administration with a visit to The Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids. This museum houses permanent exhibits highlighting the lives of former President Ford and Mrs. Ford. During the tour, visitors will see temporary displays of the Ford Library, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institute.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Detroit area residents and visitors ready for a fun day of learning about science, have a wonderful option in Bloomfield Hills. The Cranbrook Institute of Science, established in 1904 by George and Ellen Booth, is a wonderful science and history museum. Education has always been a focus of this incredible center.

The museum began as the Brookside School for Children in 1922 and later became the Cranbrook School for Boys, in 1927. To celebrate the museum's 50th anniversary, a life-sizes statue of a Stegosaurus was installed.

Schedule plenty of time to stroll through the center's eleven permanent galleries. The Our Dynamic Earthfeatures the Ice Ages Come and Go and Mastodons Did Not Survive, while the Wasserman Hall features the Flint Anthropology Gallery and the Woodlands Den.

The observatory, nature center, planetarium and the Erb Family Science Garden are popular areas of the museum. Stay close to this wonderful Detroit area attraction in nearby Livonia.

Gerald R. Ford Museum

Learn all about the Ford Administration on your next stay in Grand Rapids. The Gerald R. Ford Museum houses permanent exhibits highlighting the lives of former President Ford and Mrs. Ford. The Museum is located in Grand Rapids, the hometown of the 38th President of the United States.

During a tour of the museum, visitors also learn about the president's history from the temporary exhibits of the Presidential libraries systems, the National Archives and the Smithsonian Institute.

Enjoy strolling through the Heritage Hill Historic District to see the Grand Rapids' historical homes or take a tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. You'll find a wide range of exciting and historic attractions while visiting this beautiful city along the Grand River in Central Michigan.

Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Enjoy historical insights on your next visit to Michigan. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1995 by David Gough, in Detroit, a.k.a. Motown. Gough, the "Mayor of Gospel," wanted to preserve Gospel music and provide a means to educate the public on its importance.

Gough's deep commitment to Gospel music continues each year as new Gospel legends are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Other must-see Detroit attractions include the Motown Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts and The Henry Ford. Have fun in Detroit – "the Motor City."

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

See a landmark Michigan attraction. The Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum is located in Leelanau State Park near Northport on the tip of Leelanau Peninsula.

The Lighthouse has been guiding ships in Lake Michigan since 1852. Lighthouse tours are available from May through October. Stop by the gift store to browse the selection of clothing, gifts, books and souvenirs.

Can you imagine what is was like to be the lighthouse keeper? Well, you can experience it first-hand, as you stay in the former assistant's fully-equipped quarters, on the north side of the lighthouse for up to a week. Northern Michigantravelers can rest in comfort in Traverse City, 25 minutes south of Northport.

R. E. Olds Transportation Museum

Lansing is home to one of them most unique museums in the state. The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing is located on the site of the Bates & Edmonds Motor Company. In 1979, the museum was dedicated to Ransom E. Olds, the founder of Olds Motor Works and Reo Motor Car Company.

Tour the museum to view a collection of Oldsmobiles dating from 1897 to 2004, REO vehicles, a steam carriage built by Ransom E. Olds, and various automobile memorabilia.

Be sure to view the "Hurst Hairy Oldsmobile," a drag racing car, on your tour of one of the country's "top-rated automotive museums." Make your stay east of Lansing in Howell, just one more of the excellent overnight destinations in central Michigan.