Arts & Entertainment
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Arab American National Museum
•Arab Civilization: Our Heritage features Arab contributions to the early world. Ongoing in the Community Courtyard.
• Coming to America focuses on Arab immigrants and the culture they brought to the United States. Ongoing in Gallery 1.
• Living in America exhibits early Arab-American life. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 2.
• Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3.
$6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Children under 5 free.
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
• A collective sculptural show, Visions of Our 44th President, recognizes the historical significance of the first African-American U.S. president. Each artist interprets the event through a life-size, three-dimensional form.
• Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge, a series of colorful works focusing on three areas of African-American culture and history: musicians, dancers, and freedom advocates, is one of the ongoing exhibits in the Main Level Corridor.
• A Is for Africa includes 26 interactive stations making up a 3-D “dictionary” designed for children. Ongoing in the Lower Level Corridor.
• And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is an evolving exhibit that recounts the 3.5-million-year-old odyssey that began in Africa and ends in Detroit. Ongoing in the Core Exhibition Gallery.
• Ring of Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States.
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800; chwmuseum.org.
Detroit Historical Museum
• New permanent exhibits include: Doorway to Freedom: Detroit & the Underground Railroad, which tells Detroit’s role as the “doorway to freedom” in fugitive slaves’ quest to find freedom in the North.
• The Allesee Gallery of Culture highlights the people, places, and events that influence our understanding of modern Detroit.
• Detroit: Arsenal of Democracy documents the contributions Detroit’s industry made in World War II and also explores how the war changed the city.
• Robert Scherer and Henry Ford are just a few inventors featured in The Gallery of Innovation.
5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805, detroithistorical.org.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
• Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes explores methods used by mariners over the years to communicate with others at sea, and people on shore.
• City on the Straits provides snapshots of the ways the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have influenced the region.
• Gothic Room allows visitors to experience the likes of a gentlemen’s lounge inside the City of Detroit III. The exhibit also features a window on the right side of the gallery to show the Detroit shoreline in the early 1900s.
• S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot House is a Great Lakes freighter that was scrapped, but its pilot house was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979.
•To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders features the art of model shipbuilding of Great Lakes vessels in Michigan.
100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org/main/dossin.
Exhibit Museum of Natural History
• Evolution & Health studies how the evolution of humans promoted our survival, but not our well-being.
• Archeology! Current Research in the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology is an ongoing research exhibit that examines the questions that contemporary archeologists ask about the past and the techniques they use to answer them.
• The invisible World of Mites highlights the microscopic insects, and the research Professor Barry O'Connor has done on them. Through mid-November.
• Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Free admission; suggested donation is $6.
University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.
• Visit Santa with his live reindeer during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Other attractions include live performances on four stages, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides, and ice-skating. Through Jan. 1. $20 adults; $15 youth; children age 4 and under free.
• Districts and buildings include: Edison at Work, Henry Ford’s Model T, Liberty Craftworks, Main Street, Porches and Parlors, Railroad Junction, Working Farms. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24 adults; $22 seniors; $17.50 youth. Free for children 4 and under.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; hfmgv.org/village.
Henry Ford Museum
• Kick off the holiday season with Holidays in Henry Ford Museum. See the giant Christmas tree, visit with Santa, and enjoy the Lionel and LEGO train displays. Through Jan. 1. $17 adults; $15 seniors age 62 and up; $12.50 youth age 5 to 12; children 4 and under free.
• Driving America is an exhibit that includes more than 100 vehicles, authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts that focus on the influence the automobile has had on American culture.
• Heroes of the Sky is a permanent exhibit focusing on adventures in early aviation.
• With Liberty and Justice for All highlights four pivotal periods of history, beginning with the American Revolution and ending in the 1960s. Permanent exhibit.
• Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit displays 13 large-scale, prominent architectural wonders, such as the Empire State Building, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and the Sky Needle — made entirely of LEGO blocks. Through Feb. 24. $17 adults; $15 seniors age 62 and up; $12.50 youth; free for children 4 and under. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org.
Holocaust Memorial Center
Exhibits are dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Learn about World War II, the Jewish culture, religious beliefs, the postwar world, heroic rescues, and more. The center also houses a multi-lingual library. $5-$8 admission.