2537 Rochester Court
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: (248) 689-7500
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Arts & Museums
At the Troy Museum and Historic Village you are able to explore 10 historic buildings that have been carefully restored. Artifacts that are displayed have a history that dates back to as far as the 19th and early 20th Century. Open year round, the museum and village is a perfect look back to the the city of Troy's rich history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. The home has 39 chimneys and is elaborately crafted with hand-carved wood, ceramic art tile, moulded ceilings and ornate fixtures. In the Hall is an extensive collection of lavish paintings, sculptures, furniture and other art objects. Meadow Brook Hall is a cultural center, offering guided tours and special exhibitions, as well as serving as a unique setting for weddings, corporate gatherings, and parties.
The Rochester Hills Museum works hard to educate the current and future generations of the greater Rochester area by preserving its history. The museum itself is located on a 16-acre property, that dates back to the early 19th Century, once belonging to the Taylor and Van Hoosen families. The venue is open on Fridays and Saturdays, but can also be visited by appointment. Check out the website or call for more information.
The Creative Arts Center in Pontiac offers classes for locals to become artists, and also has an on-site gallery that exhibits local and national artists alike. The arts center also hosts various events through out the year. Call or check out the website for the current exhibits, upcoming class schedules, and more!
The original settlers of Oakland County did not know about mass production yet, so the artifacts found at the Pioneer Museum are authentic and hand-made. The collection, found in the lower level of the Carriage House, is made of tools and other objects from the 19th Century to the early 20th Century. Please call ahead for tour schedules.
This exhibition displays clothing from the 1800s to the early 1900s, along with military wear from Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Please call or see website for more information.
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.
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.