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Museums

 

 

Arab American National Museum

• Middle-school students of the SURA Arts Academy display their work in the 12th Annual SURA Student Exhibition in the Lower Level Gallery. Through Feb. 3.

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, features 44 three-dimensional interpretations of President Obama. Through Aug. 4 (pictured below).

 

• Serving as an introduction to the arrival of the Broadway play Fela!, Moving to His Own Beat – Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikupalo-Kuti. Through March 17.

• 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 begins 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. $8 adults; $5 seniors (62+); $5 youth (3-12); children under 3 free.

315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800, thewright.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 industrial infrastructure 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, an exhibit featuring Detroit innovators and the products they created still being used today.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805, detroithistorical.org.

 

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

The museum is closed for renovations, but will reopen in May 2013.

100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org/main/dossin.

 

Exhibit Museum of Natural History

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.

• Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Admission is free, but suggested donation is $6.

University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.

 

Greenfield Village

The Village is closed for the winter season and will reopen April 13.

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; hfmgv.org/village.

 

Henry Ford Museum

• Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition displays 13 large-scale architectural wonders, such as the Empire State Building, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and the Sky Needle, made entirely of LEGO blocks, with no help from glue or other adhesives. Through Feb. 24.

Driving America 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 chronicles America’s journey to freedom, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. $17 adults; $15 seniors (62+); $12.50 youth; children 4/under free.

• Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

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, Jewish culture, religious beliefs, the postwar world, heroic rescues, and more. The center also houses a multi-lingual library. $5-$8 admission.

28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400; holocaustcenter.org.

 

Michigan Science Center

Bodies: Human Anatomy in Motion examines the effects of health and lifestyle choices on the inner workings of the human body. Through May 27. $12.95 adults; $9.95 seniors and youth; children under 2 free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

5020 John R St., Detroit; 313-577-8400; michigansciencecenter.org.

 

Motown Museum

• The museum gallery is composed of original stage uniforms worn by famous Motown artists, sheet music, rare photos, and other memorabilia.

• Studio A — where Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and other Motown artists recorded — still contains the original instruments and equipment used during Detroit’s Motown era. 

• Other attractions include Berry Gordy’s flat and Michael Jackson’s famous jeweled white glove.

2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-875-2264; motownmuseum.com.

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