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Saginaw Art Museum gathers both contemporary and classic art in a brick-clad Gregorian Revival mansion that itself is a historical treasure. Originally designed in 1903 by Charles Adams Platt as the Ring family home, the building’s exquisite interior includes dark butternut wood paneling and decorative moldings. Filling the rooms is the museum’s permanent collection of paintings, prints, textiles, and sculptures from American, European, and Asian artists; African artifacts and masks; Native American art; and American and Mexican folk art. A library complements the art collection with more than 1,200 books and periodicals discussing art, as well as Leonardo da Vinci's handmade comic book depicting him as a superhero.

A roster of ever-changing current exhibitions includes showcases of forged metal sculptures, contemporary nature paintings, and the recurring Art in the Heart of the City's ART 4 ALL Exhibitions, which showcase works by local Michigan artists. Visitors peruse temporary exhibits in the exhibition wing gallery, an ultramodern glass-covered hall, or teach flowering plants how to spell “Matisse” in a formal outdoors garden.

To continue arts education outside the gallery, staffers organize themed art history and technique classes for all ages, as well as docent-led tours. They also helm the interactive Visionarea, a gallery space where children delve into art-making, science experiments, and the works of famous artists.

1126 N Michigan Ave
Saginaw,
MI
US

Michigan's Military and Space Heroes Museum is the only such museum that celebrates the wartime contributions and experiences of Michiganders who've served. The displays cover all seven of America's foreign wars, honoring the soldiers' achievements and keeping their stories alive.

  • Size: More than 650 exhibits, including those highlighting past governors and 13 astronauts, all of whom called Michigan home

  • Eye Catcher: Displays celebrating 30 Medal of Honor recipients, the largest collection of its kind in the nation; each honors one recipient and includes photos, uniforms, and personal items, such as watches and weapons

  • Don't Miss: Outside the museum stands a M60 "Patton" main battle tank , an F-86 Sabre aircraft, and memorial statues dedicated to Michigan natives who have served.

  • Hidden Gem: A collection of uniforms, including the space flightsuit worn by Col. Gregory H. Johnson, who delivered it to the museum personally

  • Special Programs: Every year, the museum hosts the Frankenm?dder, a 5K boot camp?style obstacle course whose proceeds benefit the museum. Tours for schools, scouts and other organizations are available.

1250 Weiss St
Frankenmuth,
MI
US

Up above, people zip between the tree canopies like flying squirrels. Still others navigate the wooded heights via rope courses and wobbly ladders. At The Adventure Park at Frankenmuth, these sights are a daily occurrence. The facility's 5 acres of forest terrain give a new meaning to outdoor adventuring with seven ziplines and five challenging aerial courses, which are self-guided and require no previous experience. They're also color-coded by difficulty and feature varying bridges and more than 60 elements to encounter while traversing between 60 tree platforms.

As adventurers go at their own pace, courses can take 15–30 minutes to complete. While the height gives the illusion of danger, all climbers are strapped to harnesses that employ double-clips to keep them securely connected to a safety cable at all times. As trekkers progress through the different levels, they find obstacles that require greater balance, arm strength, focus, and woodpecker-negotiation skills to overcome.

1375 Weiss St.
Frankenmuth,
MI
US

When you step into Mirror Maze Frankenmuth, make sure it's a good-hair day?you're going to be seeing a lot of yourself. Inside, thousands of mirrors line seemingly never-ending hallways, bouncing infinite reflections from one arched passageway to the next. The dizzying path sends families and friends around unseen corners, turns them in circles, and leads them into dead-ends, effectively creating a different experience every time through. Much like a hairstylist who loves pranks, a few of the mirrors also play games with explorers' appearances.

925 S Main St
Frankenmuth,
MI
US