Michigan State University

ARTS, MUSEUMS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES:

Kresge Art Museum
Located at Auditorium and Physics Roads, between the MSU Alumni Chapel and the MSU Auditorium.
(517) 353-9834

Founded in 1959, The Kresge Art Museum houses Michigan State University’s collection of over 7,500 works of art from all over the world and from various time periods. It is also host to traveling exhibitions and temporary shows curated by museum staff. Check out the Kresge Art Museum online self-guided sculpture tour of the MSU campus, featuring 13 pieces of outdoor public art.
Admission is free.
Mon-Wed, Fri, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-5pm.

Lansing Art Gallery
113 S. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
(
517) 374-6400
Established in 1965 as Lansing’s first permanent art gallery, the Lansing Art Gallery is one of the area’s prominent independent non-profit galleries, exclusively featuring Michigan artists.
Admission is free.
Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat and 1st Sun of the month, 1pm-4pm

MSU Museum
Located on West Circle Drive, immediately east of Beaumont Tower and just north of the Main Library.
(517) 355-2370

Established in 1857, the MSU Museum is the state’s only land-grant university museum.  As Michigan’s largest public museum of natural science and culture, it holds over 1 million objects of natural and cultural history from all over the world.  The MSU Museum was also the first museum in Michigan to receive a Smithsonian affiliate status from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Admission is free. $5 donation is suggested.
Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 1pm-5pm.

Michigan Historical Museum
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48909

(517) 373-3559
Located inside the Michigan Library and Historical Center, the Michigan Historical Museum is part of the larger Michigan Historical Museum System throughout the state. Permanent and rotating exhibits showcase the history of Michigan and its people, as well as an impressive three-story-high topographical map of Michigan.
General admission is free.
Mon-Fri, 9am- 4:30pm; Sat, 10am- 4pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm

Turner-Dodge House and Heritage Center
100 E. North Street
Lansing, MI 48906

(517) 483-4220
A fine example of Classical Revival architecture, the Turner-Dodge mansion is a National Historic Registered Place. The beautifully restored home was built in 1858 by James and Marion Turner, who helped establish the Capital City of Lansing.
Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
240 Museum Drive
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 372-0529

This collection of cars and memorabilia is a tribute to the auto industry, courtesy of one of Lansing’s most prominent citizens, Ransom Eli Olds. The very first Oldsmobile, built in 1897, is on display here, as well as other permanent highlights such as the 1966 “Hurst Hairy Oldsmobile”—drag racing’s most outrageous exhibition vehicle.
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm (Closed Sundays Nov-March).

Abrams Planetarium
(517) 355-4672

Opened in 1963, the Abrams Planetarium is a public outreach unit of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  The Exhibit Hall consists of exhibits designed to supplement the demonstrations, and surrounding the theatre is a black light gallery of astronomical paintings.  Following shows, weather permitting, public observation is offered outside with the planetarium telescopes.
Exhibit Hall Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm.
Public shows Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun. 2:30pm (family show), 4pm. Opens 30 minutes before posted show times
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Call (517) 355-4672 for up-to-date show information.

Old Town Lansing
The quaint hub of downtown Lansing, East Grand River between Larch and Washington, as well as many of the streets off of Grand River, are lined with art galleries, boutique shops and cozy cafes.  Live music and poetry readings can be heard in many of the local businesses on the evenings and weekends.  Spring, summer and fall bring street festivals, while the first Sunday of every month is the First Sunday Gallery Walk. While you’re there, take a self-walking tour to learn more about the historical aspects of the area.

 

THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

The MSU School of Music offers numerous instrumental and vocal ensemble performances throughout the year, from classical, to opera, to jazz. Enjoy plays, musicals and dance performances from the MSU Department of Theatre.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra
(517) 487-5001
Established in 1929, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs mainly at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on campus. However, other groups within the LSO, such as the LSO Chamber Groups and the LSO Big Band, perform at other venues in the Lansing area.  See website for complete schedule and performance locations.

Lansing Civic Players Guild
2300 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 484-9115

Founded in 1929, Lansing Civic Players is a community theater located in the historic Michigan Avenue Firehouse. See website for current show schedule.

Old Town Lansing
The quaint hub of downtown Lansing, East Grand River between Larch and Washington, as well as many of the streets off of Grand River, are lined with art galleries, boutique shops and cozy cafes.  Live music and poetry readings can be heard in many of the local businesses on the evenings and weekends.  Spring, summer and fall bring street festivals, while the first Sunday of every month is the First Sunday Gallery Walk. While you’re there, take a self-walking tour to learn more about the historical aspects of the area.