New Metro Detroit Museum Exhibits to Check Out

Visiting a local museum is a fun and educational outing for families and these upcoming exhibits will have your kiddos excited to go again and again.

Is your kid interested in science? How about history? Art? Then there’s a metro Detroit and Ann Arbor museum for them!

Southeast Michigan is packed with educational hubs that explore all kinds of things — and many offer traveling exhibitions throughout the year to keep kids coming back.

Here, you’ll find a list of exhibits coming to our area in the upcoming weeks. From a larger-than-life dinosaurs experience to an immersive exhibit with the beloved kid’s show, Paw Patrol, there’s something for everyone at our southeast Michigan museums.

Take a look at the list for something that aligns with your child’s interests and enjoy your outing!

Don’t see an exhibit your kid will love? Check out our online calendar for even more exhibits and fun events! 

Mandela: The Official Exhibition

Through Jan. 15, 2024

Mandela: The Official Exhibition takes guests on a journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela. This immersive and interactive experience features previously unseen film, photos and historical artifacts and personal effects on loan to the museum.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas

Feb. 17-Sept. 15, 2024

This engaging exhibition introduces how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed over the past two decades and highlights current research by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and other leading paleontologists around the world. See a full-size cast skeleton leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex, two life-size models of Protoceratops—one skeleton, the other fully fleshed out, a life-size three-horned Triceratops skull and more.

Paw Patrol: Adventure Play 

Feb. 17-April 28 2024

Join Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker in a series of hands-on, educational adventures in the world of Adventure Bay. Children will overcome challenges and learn how to work as a team in this play-based exhibit.

Lillian Schwartz: Whirlwind of Creativity

Through March 1, 2024

See the works of multimedia artist, Lillian Schwartz at this career-retrospective exhibition. It features over 100 artifacts and explores three core themes including, “Moving Forward,” “Making Art in a Science Lab” and “The Limits and Possibilities of Machines.


Through March 1, 2024

UN/EARTH explores science and art from a mile underground and features work by Gina Gibson.

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

Through March 31, 2024

  • Address: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $30/adults 18-61, $20/seniors 62-plus, $15/ages 5-17 and military, free/ages 4 and under. Free admission is available on the first weekend of each month.

This exhibit features the Oscar-winning costumes of designer Ruth E. Carter. The exhibition features more than 60 of Carter’s original designs, including costumes from “Black Panther,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Malcolm X,” “Do The Right Thing” and more iconic films.


Through June 2, 2024

  • Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Cost: $8/adults, $5/seniors 62+ and kids 2-12, free for kids under 2. This cost is in addition to the general admission price.

Visitors will learn about Galileo’s groundbreaking discoveries through engaging artifacts and hands-on experiments. The interactive exhibit includes experiments in physics, mathematics, astronomy and natural sciences that even little ones can wrap their minds around.

Japanese Friendship Dolls

Through June 2, 2024

This exhibit teaches the fine art of Japanese doll-making and showcases three ichimatsu Friendship Dolls.

This post is updated regularly.

Metro Parent Editorial Team
Metro Parent Editorial Team
Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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