Photos: See Inside Michigan Science Center’s New Above and Beyond Exhibit

Families can go on virtual flights at the new Above and Beyond exhibit.

An interactive aerospace exhibit is opening at Michigan Science Center on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. 

At the “Above and Beyond” exhibition, visitors will learn about the science of flight through flight simulators, immersive theater shows, touch displays and augmented reality experiences. 

Quick details about Above and Beyond

Photo credit: Kari Zaffarano

  • Dates: Jan. 30-Sept. 8, 2024 
  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • Cost: $18/ages 3 and up, free children under 3
  • Parking: Metered street parking is available around Mi-Sci. Pay to park in the Cultural Center Lot or the Rackham Memorial Parking Garage operated by Wayne State University. Prices and hours vary. 

The 6,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall includes five galleries. Some of the exciting experiences offered include a simulated space elevator, a virtual high-speed jet race and a group flying experience. 

After you’ve taken virtual flight as a bird, in a jet and in more transformative aerospace vehicles, there is still so much to see and do with kids at Mi-Sci. Check out these other suggestions for visiting the museum and making a day trip out of your visit to downtown Detroit. 

Photos: See inside the Above and Beyond exhibit

Photos credit: Kari Zaffarano

More things to do with kids at Mi-Sci 

Photo credit: Michigan Science Center

  • Little learners can play at the museum’s Early Child Learning Space. The recently revamped space puts toddlers at the center of science with age-appropriate STEM activities.
  • Control the weather at “Earth. Wind. Weather” by creating avalanches and geysers, exploring atmospheres and commanding the ocean tides.  
  • Make math into a fun game at “Math Mountain.” 
  • Learn about matter in motion at the hands-on “Motion Gallery,” an educational play space filled with circuits, magnetic fields and more.

Other things to do near Michigan Science Center

Photo credit: Detroit Institute of Arts

  • Make sure to hit the Science Store on the way out. It features tons of STEM-themed toys, puzzles, science kits and more.
  • Make it a museum day with a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts, located right next door. 
  • Explore the best places to eat, shop and play with tips from our downtown Detroit family guide.
  • Have lunch at Ima Noodles, which has Buttered Udon Noodles & Market Veggies, Steamed Rice & Market Veggies and Chicken Noodle Soup on their kids menu. 

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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