Here’s a look at some museums in central Michigan.
LANSING, Michigan – Museums are a way to enjoy art, learn about history, and get involved in some pretty cool activities. And Mid-Michigan has some fun ones!
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is one of a kind. It focuses on contemporary art so you can see things like sculptures, paintings, and conceptual pieces that pique your curiosity.
“For us, this means not only art that is made up-to-date, but also art that deals with the issues of our time,” said Morgan Butts, director of communications at the museum.
The museum has a historical collection of over 10,000 works. The exhibits often bring the historical works and contemporary works into dialogue with one another about things that are relevant to Michigander.
They have several exhibitions for you to see. Two current leading exhibitions are “InterStates of Mind: Rewriting the Map of the United States in the Age of the Automobile of Mind” and “Seeds of Resistance”.
“When you get home, you can continue to study the themes of the exhibition,” said Butts -Making and Creative Thinking. ”
The museum is always free and open from Friday to Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm. Butts encourages everyone to reserve tickets online so everyone can have a great time and socialize.
RE Olds Transport Museum
If you’re into automobiles and history, this museum is for you.
Founded in 1981, RE Olds Transportation Museum is dedicated to Ransom Eli Olds, an early innovator in the automotive industry.
“It shows Lansing’s contribution to the automotive industry with the main Olds Mobile and REO products manufactured here, along with other manufacturing projects that have been carried out here in Lansing,” said Scott Mrdeza, Executive Director.
As you walk through this museum, you can see how the automotive industry has evolved and evolved over time.
At the museum, you’ll find stationary engines made here in Lansing, early cars that Ransom Olds had assembled, and even lawnmowers.
“You wonder why lawnmowers. REO Car Company also had a lawnmower company. So Random Olds started the lawnmower industry with the ideal lawnmower company in the early 1940s, and REO did that a little later,” Mrdeza said.
The museum is open to everyone, but has many more static exhibitions. There is a general entry fee of $ 10 for adults and $ 7.50 for students and seniors.
Other offerings at the museum include renting a 1937 Olds Mobile touring car for weddings and events. They also rent out the whole museum for events.
The museum is also giving away a 1976 Olds Mobile Cutlass as a fundraiser for the museum and will hold a raffle in November. They are also preparing for their 28th annual Car Capital Auto Show in July.
Impression 5 Science Center
And finally, this fun museum will blow your kids away. The Impression 5 Science Center is an interactive learning environment for children of all ages.
The museum opened in 1972 and allows children to explore science, technology, engineering, and math.
“We have 30,000 square feet of public space for families to explore, from Thomas and Friends, our new traveling exhibit, to our two-story water exhibit called Flow,” said Erik Larson, Executive Director.
They also have a new exhibit called SMASH that is about the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.
“Lots of fun things to get you thinking and training and refining your scientific behavior,” said Larson. “Because children develop and they develop so quickly, every visit to the Science Center is completely different than before. So we really try to create a space where families feel safe and comfortable and take the necessary risk to learn.”
The Impression 5 Science Center is open Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission is $ 8.50 per person. They also have special offers for military families and a program called Museums for Everyone to help those in financial trouble. They have limited capacity, but Larson says there is still plenty of room for social distancing.
Every visitor to Impression 5 must wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated. Visitors are also required to undergo a health exam upon arrival.
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