Save the Date!

The 2018 Michigan Museums Association Conference will take place in Dearborn

October 28-30, 2018 

Wednesday Afternoon Tours

CADL: Capitol Area District Libraries Local History Room

This tour of the Capital Area District Libraries will begin in the Local History Room, with its hints of Victorian Decor that call to mind the stately older homes of Lansing. The tour will continue with a behind-the-scenes look at their extensive archival collections, their digitizing operation, and the patron digital reformatting station that serves the 13-branch Capitol Area District Library system. Light refreshments will be served. The Local History Room is a half mile walk from the Radisson Hotel. 

Capitol Complex: Michigan Hall of Justice

Take in the historic scenery on this guided walking tour through the Capitol Complex on our way to the Hall of Justice. Participants will examine and reflect the impact of state government on the surrounding landscape. Upon arriving at the court building, participants will have the opportunity to view historical photos, maps, and documents showcasing how the landscape has changed over time. The Michigan Supreme Court courtroom and Learning Center, a hands-on gallery educating visitors about the judicial system will also be visited. This tour requires extended walking (10 blocks), photo ID and security screening to enter the Hall of Justice. No weapons allowed.

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University

The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University is dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of international artists. On this tour, get ready for an unconventional look at their newest exhibition The Transported Man. Discover how ordinary objects are transformed into works of art through in-gallery activities, art-making, and a behind-the-scenes look at the building. The Eli and Edyth Broad Museum is 15 minutes away from the Radisson Hotel by bus.

GAR Memorial Hall and Museum

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum is the only museum of its type in the state that is solely dedicated to ensuring the history and contributions of the GAR and its Michigan Civil War Veteran members are not forgotten.  Located in the former James B. Brainerd Post 111 Hall in Eaton Rapids, the museum houses over 3,000 artifacts and records.  A virtual tour of the second floor will be available to guests unable to use stairs. The museum is a 50 minute round trip from the conference center, and visitors will be transported via bus. Light refreshments will be served. 

Impression 5 Science Center

Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. Take a look behind-the-scenes and meet the exhibits team who will share insights on building hands-on activities. During this tour you will visit the recently opened youth maker space Think Tank! and learn about engagement for youth audiences. Please wear closed toe shoes. Impression 5 Science Center is a short walk from the Radisson Hotel.

Lansing Art Gallery

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center promotes public awareness, education, and enjoyment of the visual arts by promoting the works of Michigan artists. A guided tour of the facility will be followed by a hands-on printmaking experience. Then, staff will speak about the artwork on display and take questions about their planning process and their approach to audience engagement. The Lansing Art Gallery is a short walk from the Radisson Hotel.

Michigan History Center Civil War Flags Exhibit

Join the Chair of Save the Flags for a special viewing of The Michigan Capitol Battle Flag collection at the Michigan Historical Museum.  90,000 Michigan soldiers fought in the American Civil War and 15,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.  The bullet torn, blood stained battle flags they carried and died beneath were their proudest possessions, they stood for the Union and as the rallying point in combat.

The collection includes 240 flags from the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I.  Participants. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, as our tour host will guide participants from the hotel to the State Museum. Upon arriving, chairs will be available during viewing and the rest of the museum is accessible to wheelchairs. 

Michigan State Capitol

First opened in 1879, the Michigan Capitol plays a duel role as a significant historic site and the seat of our state government. On this tour, you will see the capitol's rotunda, governor's office, house and senate chambers, and historic supreme court. Learn about the building's history, the Michigan legislature, and how the capitol functions as both a cultural resource and working government building. The Capitol is a short walk from the Radisson Hotel. 

Michigan State University Horticulture Demonstration Gardens

Situated within 14 acres of Michigan State University's beautiful south campus, the internationally recognized Horticulture Demonstration Gardens offers various opportunities for students and community members alike to explore and learn about 4 distinctly different garden collections: The Amien Carter Annual Gardens, the Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Gardens, Michigan 4H Children's Garden, and Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum.  On this tour, participants will discuss the history and importance of living collections in relation to their community impact and influence over time. This tour will require extended walking and will take place regardless of weather conditions; please dress accordingly.

Saper Galleries

This walking tour will take you through three skylight-lit gallery spaces containing 1,500 works of art by 150 artists from 15 countries. The tour will include the framing department, which has won awards for its functional space design. Recognized as the number one exhibition gallery in 2007 by Decor magazine for its Picasso exhibition, the gallery has also featured works by Rembrandt, Peter Max, Audubon, Pissarro, Norman Rockwell, and Dr. Seuss!

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association 313-334-7643 PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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