Museums in Farmington

Visit for Two or Four People, or Household Membership with Special Events to Cranbrook Art Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Cranbrook Art Museum

Bloomfield Hills

$16 $8

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Current exhibits include display of Warhol's record covers; five new exhibitions to open by March 15, including jewelry by Harry Bertoia

Visit for Two or Four to Henry Ford Museum, Including Admission to the "Gridiron Glory" Exhibit (Up to 50% Off)

Henry Ford Museum

Dearborn

$36 $18

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Learn about about the humble beginnings and eventual growth of pro football before exploring a nine-acre building of Americana

Membership for One, Two, or a Family of Four to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (Up to 51% Off)

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

University

$50 $30

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With their membership perks, art lovers savor striking contemporary art, along with lectures, films, and educational children's activities

$32 for a One-Year Ambassador Level Membership to Detroit Historical Museum ($65 Value)

Detroit Historical Museum

Midtown

$65 $32

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History-museum membership includes access to online artifact database, discounted gift-shop purchases, and free museum parking

Two Adult Admissions or Family Admission at Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (Up to 53% Off)

Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society

Eastpointe

$25 $12

Historial society celebrates the efforts of the Greatest Generation during WWII with exhibits and interactive events

Guided Tour for Two, Four, or Six at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (50% Off)

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Grosse Pointe Shores

$24 $12

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Tours of the Ford family's historic home as well as 87 acres of landscaping highlighting local flora and ecosystems

Single-Attraction or Passport Admission for Two or Four at Port Huron Museum (50% Off)

Port Huron Museum

Multiple Locations

$14 $7

Visitors explore Port Huron's historical sights such as the Carnegie Center, Thomas Edison Depot, and Huron Lightship

Annual Individual or Family Membership to R.E. Olds Transportation Museum (Up to 49% Off)

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

The Stadium District

$25 $13

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More than 50 vehicles built from 1886 through 2003 celebrate the legacy and innovation of R.E. Olds

Individual or Family Membership to Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum (50% Off)

Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Saginaw

$50 $25

Become a member of the museum that honors the 70-year career of Marshall M. Fredericks, a celebrated creator of public sculptures

Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Edison Birthplace Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Edison Birthplace Museum

Milan

$14 $8

Opened as a museum by his wife and daughter, Edison's birthplace has been restored and refurnished to appear as it did in 1847

Visits for Two or Four to Sauder Village in Archbold (Up to 50% Off)

Sauder Village

Archbold

$32 $16

Costumed reenactors, hands-on exhibits, & master craftspeople guide guests of all ages through travails & daily life of 19th-century Ohio

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Named one of the city's best cultural museums by CBS Detroit, the Holocaust Memorial Center is among America’s first Holocaust museums. For more than 25 years, the HMC has memorialized the senseless murder of millions, promoting tolerance while sending out a call to action to prevent future discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, and genocide by keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and the lives it claimed.

Starting near the museum's lobby, an illustrated timeline tracing 4,000 years of Jewish history leads into The Museum of European Jewish Heritage, which highlights Judaism through artifacts and displays. From there, a ramp descending beyond a 22-foot window display of Nazi propaganda leads into an exhibit on The Final Solution. Here, displays and audiovisual installations usher visitors toward the Survivors' Theater, where live presentations by Detroit-area survivors illuminate the atrocities' personal costs. Daily tours are led by the museum's caring, expert educators, who guide guests through the exhibits while encouraging them to internalize the lessons for use in their own lives.

New to the museum is the Weisberg Gallery, where a Holocaust-era boxcar stands as a reminder of the scale of the period's atrocities. The museum also welcomes traveling exhibits such as Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, a collection depicting the story of Jewish professors fleeing Nazism and finding teaching positions at historically black universities. The exhibit explores the encounter between these scholars and their students, the impact the relationships had on one another, and the effect on the Civil Rights Movement and American society.

Post-war exhibits cover the Nuremberg Trials, honor the righteous individuals who risked their lives to resist the Nazis or save Jewish lives during the war, and pay homage to those who perished with a memorial flame. The museum also houses a well-stocked library, where guests can research their genealogy with materials dedicated to European Jewish history. Beyond its core exhibits, the HMC hosts special exhibits encompassing photographs, art, and history, in addition to sending survivors to speaking engagements throughout the city and hosting the Kindertransport Memory Quilt, whose patches represent the experiences of Jewish youth rescued from Eastern Europe.

28123 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills,
MI
US

Marvin Yagoda, the owner of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, has amassed mechanical oddities and coin-operated machines since 1960 and regularly updates his collection of curiosities with new additions. A champion of all things outlandish, Marvin ensures that no nook or cranny in the 5,000-square-foot space remains unembellished with treasures such as P.T. Barnum's famous Cardiff Giant, as featured in RoadsideAmerica.com, or the AutoWed, America's first and only coin-operated wedding-ring dispenser for on-the-fly unions, replete with wedding music and an AutoDivorce voucher. Rafters atop 40-foot ceilings anchor low-flying model planes, and walls cloak themselves in vintage photos and pictures. Modern machines mingle with antique contraptions, whose old-timey noises and quaint images whisk visitors away to days of yore as effectively as a coal-powered wormhole.

A concession stand ensures that players remain sated and hydrated, and a prize shop enables guests to trade in their hard-earned game tickets for rewards such as figurines, toys, and yacht cruises with the Pac-Man family. To share its quarter-munching contraptions with as many visitors as possible, the museum remains open 365 days a year and offers free admission.

31005 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills,
MI
US

Cranbrook Art Museum opened its current Eliel Saarinen-designed building in 1942. Today, its collection features original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design. A recent $22 million renovation added a Collections Wing, making their rich collection accessible to all visitors.

  • Permanent mainstay: Tours of the museum's Collections Wing, with more than 6,000 items by artists such as Eames, Knoll, and Saarinen, are all housed in a vault designed to make the collection visible and accessible.

  • Don't miss: The curator's talks give more in-depth detail about current exhibitions.

  • Hands-on experiments: In the outdoor sculpture treasure hunt, families seek up to 18 sculptures on the grounds, while learning more about the artists, other works, and which pieces make the best nesting areas for birds.

  • Future exhibitions: Laura Kalman: Coveted Objects; Theater of the Mind; The Cranbrook Hall of Wonders: Artworks, Objects, and Natural Curiosities; Iris Eichenberg: Bend; MR. MDWST - A REAL GOOD TIME by BEVERLY FRESH; and Alloyed Visions: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia

  • The building: a meticulously restored structure designed in 1942 by Eliel Saarinen

  • While you?re in the neighborhood: Nearby on the Cranbrook campus is Saarinen House, the art deco masterwork of renowned architect Eliel Saarinen. The house served as his residence as Cranbrook Academy of Art's first president and has been restored with its original furnishings.

  • Foster the next generation of artists: at monthly Drop-In Art Sundays, where children explore the kids' gallery and create their own masterpiece inspired by featured artists

39221 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

Cranbrook Institute of Science grants visitors an up-close look at a collection of more than 150,000 objects and artifacts that adorn 11 galleries dedicated to natural history and science. Interactive exhibits let visitors feel the fur on a mastodon model, run their fingers along a meteorite, and touch the cast taken from the floor of a now-extinct 500,000-year-old sea. More wonders of the natural world fill the Erb Family Science Garden, where flow pools cascade over three terraces dotted with native plants. To study the world above terra firma, the institute holds nighttime sessions in its research-grade observatory and screens space-related films in its planetarium.

Behind the museum, more than 150 species—from jamaican fruit bats to the malaysian flying fox, the world's largest bat—flap freely through the Bat Zone. During award-winning live shows highlighting how they adapt to living at night, the bats emerge into daylight along with fellow nocturnal critters, two-toed sloths and convenience-store clerks.

39221 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills,
MI
US

Located in Detroit's Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is one of the world's largest institutions dedicated to the African-American experience. Covering 120,000 square feet, the museum houses five rotating exhibitions, including Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, and five permanent exhibitions, such as the 22,000-square-foot core exhibit And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture. Also at the museum are the Louise Lovett Wright Library & Archives and the Ford Rotunda, which boasts a 55-foot-high glass dome that dumps artificial snow when shaken by giants.

13624 Michigan Ave
Dearborn,
MI
US

The Henry Ford celebrates the people and ideas that shaped American history, from its earliest days to its present. The sprawling 12-acre museum complex covers both indoor and outdoor spaces?Henry Ford Museum and Ford Rouge Factory as well as 80-acre Greenfield Village?where visitors explore famous homes, ride in historic vehicles, and browse slices of Americana.

  • Focus: everything America, from kitchen appliances to airplanes
  • Size: a nine-acre building with 40-foot ceilings and more than a dozen massive exhibits
  • Eye Catcher: the Allegheny Locomotive?at 600 tons, this is one of the largest locomotives ever built
  • Permanent Mainstay: Driving America, where guests interact with 18 kiosks and full-size automobiles from every era
  • Don't Miss: The Kennedy Presidential Limousine?the same vehicle in which President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963
  • Nearby: the 80-acre Greenfield Village with working Model Ts and The Ford Rouge Factory where those cars once were built
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn,
MI
US