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Southfield, MI 48034
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Arts & Museums
Founded in 1984, the Holocaust Memorial Center was the first institution in the United States to offer exhibits about the Nazi extermination of six million Jews in Europe during World War II. It's an eye-opening and breathtaking museum, offering a wide range of information and raising important questions about history. True to their slogan they are illuminating the past and enlightening the future.
One of Michigan's primary arts facilities, this regional art center provides a variety of art appreciation exhibits as well as a number of classes and workshops for children and adults.
Founded by Marvin Yagoda, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum features vintage mechanical games that Yogoda has been collecting since the 1960s. These coin-operated machines, oddities, and objects procured from fairgrounds and sideshows delight the visitor and some other machines are custom made and can be found only here. It is truly a fascinating place to spend some time (don't forget to bring quarters!); indeed, it made The World Almanac's top 100 list of strangest museums in the United States.
Established in 1995, this grass-roots music museum opened on the northwest side of Detroit, in the heart of gospel music country. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to national and local gospel artists. It also highlights the role the gospel tradition played in the development of Motown singers.The museum relies primarily on donations. The museum is open for tours by appointment only.
One of the area's most prestigious avant-garde art museums, Cranbrook Art Museum features acclaimed contemporary painters, sculptors, promising new artists who display challenging and cutting-edge exhibitions. The museum's permanent collection highlights the accomplishments of decades of Cranbrook graduates from many different mediums. This is a popular gathering spot for local artists and art critics and is the center of a vibrant artistic community.
Well-known for its observatory, planetarium and laser light shows, the well-respected Cranbrook Institute of Science imparts natural history and science education in creative ways that blend old and new approaches. Outdoor activities, including eclipse viewing and maple tree tapping, are frequent. The institute features magnificent exhibits exploring the diversity of dinosaurs and its origin. There are various programs, lectures and camps held here as well.
The Robot Garage provides a year-round place for LEGO
The Royal Oak Historical Society is the place to go for those who want to learn more about this town's past. The museum has many different collections, including a photography collection. The historical society also hosts and plans multiple events throughout the year. Call or see the website for more information.
Once the former residence and masterpiece of the Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen and his wife Loja, this stunning home is now open to the public for tours. Completed in the fall of 1930, the Saarinen House cost over USD140,000 to build, compared to the average USD6,000 of the time in Detroit. This brick and stone home features gorgeous textiles done by Loja herself, original artwork by their daughter and beautiful landscaping. Visitors can partake in guided tours from May through October. Visit the website for more details.
Founded in 1904, by Ellen and George Booth, this arts and educational community is considered one of the nation's greatest architectural complexes. The Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Cranbrook House and Gardens are all ready for you to explore. The Cranbrook Institute of Science houses 11 permanent galleries, a changing exhibition hall, an outdoor science garden, nature trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, an observatory, and a nature center. The Academy offers instruction in architecture, art, and design. The Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art gallery. The centerpiece of Cranbrook
Located on Plymouth Road is a privately owned Italian American Historical Artistic Museum that displays works of Silvio Luigi Barile, a World War II survivor. Filled with sculptures and statues that Barile has painstakingly made himself, the museum is located right behind his bakery. Featuring a lot of artwork inspired by Silvio's Italian heritage, it makes for an interesting visit.
If you like things that zoom, this is worth the trip to Novi. Located in the Novi Expo Center, this museum has a fascinating collection of race vehicles. The Hall of Fame has several motor sports categories including air racing, motorcycling, boating and various car racing areas. Driving simulators and other games, slot cars and racing videos are part of the experience of total immersion in racing. It's a unique museum in that it covers so many types of racing vehicles.