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 an immersive experience featuring Disney music, 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! 

Immersive Van Gogh

Aug. 18-Oct. 1, 2023 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

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.

“Level Up”

Through Aug. 20, 2023

  • Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Cost: Free w/museum admission: $18/adult, $14/ages 2-15, free/under 2

Check out this 8,000 square-foot interactive installation that demonstrates the acquired skills behind video and analog games.


Through Sept. 4, 2023

  • Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. Ten Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Cost: $5/person. A general admission ticket or zoo membership is required for all guests ages 3 and older

Come out to the Detroit Zoo to see more than 70 life-sized Lego animals that will be on display as part of the zoo’s latest installation, BRICKLIVE.

Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

Through Sept. 9, 2023

Sing along and experience your favorite Disney songs and movies in an all-new immersive experience.

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life

Through Sept. 10, 2023

In this exhibit, you’ll experience sounds and smells from Julia’s kitchen, videos, audio, photography, interactive The French Chef TV set and more.

Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas

Through Sept. 10, 2023 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

  • Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Cost: $3/ages 13-plus, $2/standard members, $1/ages 2-12 and ages 65-plus, free/enhanced members and under 2 years old (not including museum admission)

This family-friendly exhibit takes a journey through the prehistoric life of the ancient seas when arthropods were plentiful.

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other

Through Sept. 24, 2023 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

  • Address: Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Cost: $10/non-members general admission, $8/non-member seniors 65-plus, $6/students with ID, free/ages 12 and under and members

Clark often undertakes this exploration through everyday fiber materials—hair, flags, found fabric—and craft practices to show issues on race, history and reconciliation.

The FRIENDS Experience

Through Sept. 24, 2023 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

The FRIENDS Experience includes set recreations and photo ops, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk. Props, costumes and “Friends” memorabilia that will excite even die-hard fans will be on display. Take a guided tour and purchase items in the gift shop (which is open to the public).

Mandela: The Official Exhibition

Oct. 21, 2023-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.

Miniature Moments: A Journey Through Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

Through Nov. 20, 2023

See the museum’s extensive collection of nearly 7,000 Hallmark ornaments made between 1973 and 2009. This is a permanent exhibit.

Rosa Parks Bus 

Through Dec. 31, 2023

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.


Through March 1, 2024

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

Real Bodies: The Exhibition

Through Jan. 14, 2024 (Tuesdays-Sundays)

  • Address: Sloan Museum of Discovery, 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint
  • Cost: $8-$21/ages 12-59, $7-$17/ages 60-plus, $6-$14/ages 2-11, free/under 2

This exhibition explores life by displaying real, perfectly preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens.

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.

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