The developing arts scene in Northern Michigan is full of opportunities for interested art seekers of all ages. Here is a collection of Northern Michigan art museums and performing arts centers from Manistee up to Marquette. Offering everything from art classes to special events, there is something for every art lover. Start planning your trips to each of these Northern Michigan art museums.
126 Quincy St., Hancock, 906.482.2333
The CCCAC offers year-round art classes, cultural events, gallery space, and exhibition opportunities. See what today’s budding artists are creating in the youth gallery, and take part in the annual Poor Artists Sale.
461 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, 231.347.4337
322 Sixth St., Traverse City, 231.941.9488
With two locations, the Crooked Tree Arts Center offers tons of exhibits, concerts, classes, lectures, and special events. Take ballet lessons, find the Man in the City, or shop the artisans & farmers market.
1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231.995.1055
The Dennos Museum Center is a premier cultural facility with a variety of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences, and performing arts. Explore the three changing exhibit galleries, spend an afternoon in the sculpture court, and enjoy a performance in Milliken Auditorium.
1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, 906.227.2235
As part of the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University, the museum showcases student and faculty work along with rotating exhibitions of national artists in addition to a permanent art collection of over 1,500 objects. Stroll through the outdoor sculptures and view everything from Inuit to Japanese art and artifacts.
4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen, 231.276.7200
30 Jones St., Manistee, 231.723.2682
With a gallery in Hardy Hall in the historic Ramsdell Theatre, the Manistee Art Institute hosts several exhibits and art related classes throughout the year. Check out the new featured local artist each month, and join in special events.
2800 M-28, Marquette, 906.249.1132
Featuring junkyard art, this year-round park hosts the scrap metal creations of Tom Lakenen. From dinosaurs to a pig riding a bike, this free outdoor gallery is a fun and out of the ordinary art destination.
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, 231.378.4963
This contemporary outdoor sculpture park features over 40 works of art. Hike the 30-acre preserve of wooded hills in Benzie County and view these inspiring sculptures. For more information, check out this article about the park’s 20th anniversary featured in the September 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
7377 US-31, Williamsburg, 231.938.9300
The Music House Museum has a one-of-a-kind collection of instruments ranging from the late 18th century to the 1950s. Visitors take a walk through the history of automated music, from the earliest music boxes through the radio era.
104 S. Wing St., Northport, 231.386.5001
Featuring local and regional talent along with renowned performers such as the Chenille Sisters and the Dave Bennett Quartet, the NCAC offers a variety of inspiring performances. Find out who is performing this season with the event calendar.
111 S. Main St., Leland, 231.256.2131
Offering specialty classes, special events, art exhibits, and music concerts, the Old Art Building is full of opportunities. Take an aerobics class, view a ceramics exhibit, or listen to a dramatic reading. The calendar is full of events.
7070 Main St., Mackinac Island, 906.847.3328
Learn the story of Mackinac Island through the rare collection of Mackinac-related art and photography. From hand-beaded Native American garments to 17th century maps of the Great Lakes, the Mackinac Art Museum shares the history and tales of the island.
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