Upcoming Museum Exhibits in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Beyond

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 a display of artifacts from King Tut’s tomb, 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! 

Apollo: When We Went to The Moon

Now until May 8, 2022 

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $27/ages 12-plus, $24.25/seniors, $20.25/ages 5-11, free/4 and under

A traveling exhibit that features over 100 objects and artifacts from the archives of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, authentic uniforms, spacesuits, and lunar maps, real pieces of the Apollo 11 lunar module and more.

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future

Now until May 9, 2022 

SPACE: A Journey to Our Future is the first changing exhibit the museum has had in two years. See a real piece of the moon, plan your next trip to Mars, tour a full-scale future lunar habitat and more.

Hot Wheels Race to Win

Now until May 15, 2022 

  • Address: Sloan Museum, 4190 E. Court St., Flint
  • Cost: $9/adults, $8/seniors 60+, $7/youth ages 2-11, free/under 2 years

This event is a behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing. Families join the race team crew and explore four zones in the team garage. It investigates the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. Enjoy a hands-on experience, authentic race gear and more.

Rosa Parks Bus 

Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022 

  • Address: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: Free with museum admission: $27/general, $24.25/seniors, $20.25/ages 5-11; $9/parking

Visit the “With Liberty and Justice for All” area to see the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand for the Civil Rights Movement by refusing to give her seat up to a white man.

King Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb 

Jan. 17-Aug. 22, 2022

  • Address: Charles H. Wright Museum of American Innovation, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit 
  • Cost: $25/ages 13-61, $19/ages 62 and older and youth ages 3-12, $5/members, free/children under 3

2022 marks 100 years since the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Explore Ancient Egypt with five sections featuring more than 120 replicas of artifacts.

Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker

March 10-May 28, 2022

  • Address:  Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
  • Cost: $7/adults, $5/seniors 60+, $5 youth ages 2-11 (All Longway Planetarium shows are 50% off for Genesee County residents)

At Longway Planetarium, see the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup and meet the people who are trying to save her species. Great for adults and kids ages 6 and older. Make sure to arrive before the show begins because there will be no late seating.

Van Gogh’s Artistic Roots: The Hague School and French Realism

March 28 2022-Jan. 30, 2023

The exhibit is in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Van Gogh in America. This installation presents a selection of paintings and works on paper by Dutch and French realist artists, all of whom were contemporaries of Vincent van Gogh.

Space School

April 19-June 3, 2022 

  • Address: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
  • Cost: $7/adults, $5/seniors 60+, $5/youth ages 2-11, free/under 2 and members

Learn how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. Watch them go into microgravity simulation in the world’s most high-tech swimming pool, where they practice repairing the International Space Station. Discover how astronauts test equipment, conduct experiments and live in isolation to prepare for space.

Hanging by a Thread

April 22, 2022 

There will be a special exhibit by Lynn Carson Harris. Harris’ work: “Unspoken Truths: The Emotional Impact of Abuse” is a series of mini-quilts focused on domestic abuse. Each quilt is inspired by a different aspect of abuse.

2022 Graduate Degree Exhibition

April 24-May 15, 2022 

The Degree Exhibition Cranbrook Academy of Art showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 62 graduates as they launch their careers.

Immersive Van Gogh

May 12-June 15, 2022 

This immersive experience offers a look into the mind of the world’s most iconic impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The fully immersive exhibition allows visitors to transport into Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces.

Dino Stroll 

May 19-29, 2022 

This outdoor display features nearly 75 life-like dinosaur replicas including a T-Rex, Velociraptors and Stegosaurus. Kids will get to study skeletons, fossils and effects, too.

Eyes on Design Car Show

June 19, 2022 

See a wide variety of about 200-300 themed vehicles on display at the Ford House at this annual event.

Van Gogh in America

Oct. 2 2022-Jan. 22, 2023

Van Gogh in America is the first exhibition dedicated to the introduction and early reception of Vincent van Gogh’s art in the United States. The exhibition will display 68 works by Van Gogh, illustrating the efforts made by early promoters of his art – including the artist’s family – in America. This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, and one illustrated letter by Van Gogh from museums and private collections around the world.

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