7 Unique Michigan Museums That Will Surely Amaze You!

April 20th, 2017

Michigan is rich in history, natural beauty, jaw-dropping sceneries and historic figures.  Its greatness and contribution to the world is already written on history books. And if you wanted to know more of Michigan and its history and culture, visit any of the following unique Michigan museums.

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, Midland Michigan

Imaginatively woven into the natural environment and surrounding pond, the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio elicits you to question, peek around corners and travel on unknown paths. It draws you into rooms of diverging angles, soaring roof lines, brilliant color, abundant natural light, and geometric patterns. The integration of building and site truly exemplify Mr. Dow’s definition of organic architecture as the idea that “…gardens never end and buildings never begin.”

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is named as one of the The Top 25 Best Historic Homes in America by Traditional Home Magazine.

It looks like #spring at the Home & Studio! #ABDHS

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Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn Michigan

The Automotive Hall of Fame attracts visitors from around the world. It is located next door to The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. It is also within the MotorCities National Heritage Area, an affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of Michigan.

Automotive Hall of Fame allows people to celebrate the men and women whose automotive innovations changed the world and revolutionized our way of life. Inside the Automotive Hall of Fame you will discover the intersection with cars and all aspects of our daily lives. Exhibit galleries with permanent and changing exhibits on the early days of the automobile, the rise of the auto industry around the globe, and the beauty of auto styling and how it has changed every part of our daily lives.

#ThrowbackThursday 1953 Buick Wildcat I concept car, styled by Hall of Fame Inductee Harley Earl’s design team

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Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Michigan

Known as the second-largest museum in Michigan, the Flint Institute of Arts attracts around 160,000 visitors a year. For more than 85 years, the FIA has been responsible for acquiring, protecting and presenting a collection of art and artifacts spanning continents and 5,000 years. The world renowned collection, which now exceeds 8,000 objects, is significant for its depth of important European and American paintings and sculptures, 15th century to the present, and its extensive holdings of decorative and applied arts including important ethnographic study collections dating back five millennia.

Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners Michigan

On a 90-acre historic campus midway between Detroit and Chicago automotive history comes to life right before your eyes. At the Gilmore Car Museum, visitors shoot the breeze in an old-fashioned gas station, children stand inches from a 1930 Rolls-Royce that’s from a Disney® movie, and grandparents reminisce about a ’57 Chevy that was the star of their yesteryear. Stroll the campus, eat lunch in our authentic Blue Moon Diner, and walk right up to an amazing collection of over 400 vintage automobiles and motorcycles. It’s the ultimate experience for everyone, including the young and the young at heart.

Sports cars made a significant impact in the United States immediately after #WWII when returning GIs came home with a taste of adventure and a need for speed. In the four decades following 1946, there were many different automobiles designed at home and abroad and built that helped define exactly what a sports car was, but it was making driving fun that they all had in common. #GoldenAgeOfSportsCars #MuseumMonday #SportsCars #SportsCar #VintageSportsCars #gilmorecarmuseum #gilmoremuseum #hickorycornersmi #westmi #amazingautos #antiqueautos #auto #automotivelifestyle #autotrend #cargram #carinstagram #cars247 #carsofinstagram #carspotters #carstagram #carswithoutlimits #classiccars #drivehistory #instaauto #instacar #motortrend #museum #vintagecars

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Air Zoo, Portage Michigan

If you are into aircraft, this museum and amusement park is what you want! The Air Zoo is a highly charged, multi-sensory atmosphere that goes beyond anything you’ve ever seen. The Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities. Almost all kinds of aircraft are on display at this museum.

SR-71 Blackbird, the coolest looking supersonic jet I have ever seen.

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A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Houghton Michigan

One of North America’s premier mineral museums, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is nationally and internationally recognized by mineral collectors and connoisseurs. Featuring the largest public exhibit and finest collection of minerals from the Great Lakes region and the world’s best collection of Michigan minerals, the museum exhibits feature the rich colors of nature’s masterpieces. While visitors marvel, they learn about minerals through informative displays and discover how minerals are important in your life. The museum is a repository of iconic specimens of copper and over 100 other minerals from the modern copper mining era in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which ended in 1996.

Geology ROCKS [btw these aren’t rocks, they’re minerals]

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Paradise Michigan

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has become one of Michigan’s most popular destinations in the cultural tourism industry, attracting over 75,000 visitors each season. The museum is open every day May 1 to October 31, from 10 am to 6 pm. Museum patrons learn about the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes at the Whitefish Point Light Station, an Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places. See the Whitefish Point Light Tower, in continuous operation for 155 years, the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior.

So, which of these unique Michigan museums truly amazed you?

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14 responses to “7 Unique Michigan Museums That Will Surely Amaze You!”

  1. Christina Strickland says:

    These are all great, many thanks for sharing!

  2. Jen Temcio says:

    OMG! A girlfriend and I are looking to take a road trip soon and we could go and hit the museums! thanks for the list and the idea!

  3. I’ve been to a few. I swear I almost bought a beach house in Paradise.

  4. Becki says:

    Great list! My daughter wants to visit more museums, and this list has several that would make great day trips for us this summer 🙂

  5. kelly reci says:

    the Geology rocks looks very interesting! i love to see them with my own eyes someday! gonna check it out!

  6. Travel Blogger says:

    Michigan has such an amazing history! I have been to almost all of these museums, but the shipwreck museum is probably my favorite. We used to go there all the time when I was a kid.

  7. I have lived in Michigan my entire life and sadly will have to say that I’ve only been to one of these museums! I can’t wait to visit these unique ones with my family!

  8. Our Family World says:

    The Air Zoo and the Mineral Museum are the ones I would love to see first. How cool it is to see a supersonic jet within arms reach? Oh and those mineral crystals are so pretty! I should remember these museums the next time I am in Michigan. Hopefully soon!

  9. Billy says:

    I love learning new things about Michigan, great article.

  10. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Every time we visit a city/country for the first time, we always make it a point to visit their museums. There is so much to learn and experience when you are inside a museum. These ones you featured here are so awesome. I would want to get to see those mineral crystals. How can something that pretty grow deep down in the earth?

  11. Elizabeth O. says:

    I don’t think I’ve been to any museums in Michigan before. These would be nice to visit with my kids! There’s plenty of things to learn there.

  12. I am pretty sure my husband will enjoy any museum that’s about cars! I would love to take him here for a vacation so that we can visit Michigan’s museums!

  13. I’ve never been to any of these, but my husband would love the shipwreck museum!

  14. Krystal says:

    The automotive hall of fame is on our list for sure. Looks like a fun spot!

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