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6 Fascinating New Museum Exhibits in Detroit

Posted on Thursday, January 12 2017 in Culture

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Winter break offers some down time and a chance to broaden your worldview with one of the spectacular exhibits at local museums in The D. Here's your chance to delve into a plethora of interesting topics or sneak in some fun learning opportunities for kids.

Henry Ford Museum

  • The Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery is a new permanent exhibit that explores the Studio Glass Movement and its goal to create fine art in place of craft or mass-produced objects. The new glass gallery, which opened in October, features The Henry Ford's world-class collection and showcases the skills and creativity of key artists.

  • American Style & Spirit: 130 Years of Fashions & Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family, through April 2, 2017
    Follow one family's history as told through their collection of more than 50 articles of clothing, along with accessories, letters and family photos spanning generations. The well preserved garments—which were stored in an attic--document the lives of the Roddis family, a successful upper-middle-class family from Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Detroit Institute of Arts

  • Detroit After Dark: Photographs from the DIA Collection, through April 23, 2017
    Discover nighttime in Detroit with photographs of architecture, street scenes and graffiti, as well as pictures of famous Detroit hangouts, including jazz club Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the legendary Grande Ballroom, and punk and garage rock venues Bookie's and the Gold Dollar.

  • Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate, through March 5, 2017
    Bitter/Sweet is the first ever DIA exhibition that incorporates all five senses. Visitors can see, touch, hear, smell and even taste coffee- and tea-related beverages. The exhibit studies evolving beverage choices and how it has influenced our culture.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

  • I See Me: Reflections in Black Dolls, through April 30, 2017
    This delightful collection of black dolls, dating from the late 19th century to present day, includes baby dolls, fashion dolls, hand-crafted and art dolls. A play area with dolls similar to those on display offers hands-on fun.

Michigan Science Center

  • Spark!Lab
    Kids become inventors through hands-on activities and interaction with facilitators at Spark!Lab. Spark!Lab's fifth location in the country opened here in April thanks to the support of the Smithsonian and Ford Motor Company.

Tip: Register online for The D Discount Pass to save 20 percent or more on admission to many of these top attractions.

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By: Michelle Fusco