Take a trip through history at these mid-Michigan museums

LANSING, Michigan — Looking for a way to learn more about Michigan’s history? Want to indulge in fun activities? Or maybe you’re just looking for something to do that protects you from the cold.

Why not visit the Michigan History Museum in Lansing or the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson? Both museums showcase our state’s rich history and the people, places and things that make it so special.

Michigan History Museum
When you walk through the Michigan History Museum, it’s like stepping back in time. Nestled in Lansing, it chronicles the state’s history from the earliest days after the end of the Ice Age to near modern times.

Michigan History Museum

Tianna Jenkins, WSYM, January 2022

Michigan History Museum

“We have like the original state capital of Detroit that you can walk into, there are caves that speak to the mining period and the history of Michigan,” museums director Tobi Voigt said. . “We have a one-room school that people love with desks you can sit at. So it’s a fun way to come with your family to travel through time and maybe share stories about your own experiences growing up or living in this state.”

The museum was built in 1989 and has five floors in total. It is open to the public from Friday to Sunday. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children. Admission is free on Sundays.

Michigan History Museum

Tianna Jenkins, WSYM, January 2022

Michigan History Museum

My favorite use is when multiple generations and families come in maybe grandparents, parents, you know, kids come in and walking there, especially on our third floor when we go into the 20th century where people can look at things and say I remember I had that,” Voigt said.

The museum also offers opportunities for field trips. For more information on the Michigan History Museum, click here.

Ella Sharp Museum
In Jackson, you can explore and enjoy history and art at the Ella Sharp Museum.

“Ella Sharp was one of the founding women of her family in Jackson. She was actually a lumberjack. They had a huge farm. She was one of the wealthiest people in the Jackson area,” the executive director said. Julie Johnson. “Basically it was just the Ella Sharp House, she donated it to the community to share the story of what she did in her life. And she wanted to show all the people who couldn’t travelling, all the things around the world that form part of his household, and some of his collections.”

Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History

Tianna Jenkins, WSYM, January 2022

Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History

And over the years, the museum has grown enormously.

“We’ve added additional historic buildings and built this building that we’re currently in. And it’s the main building for all of our galleries, educational programs, and community hall events, space, etc.” Johnson.

From Wednesday to Sunday, you can visit six different galleries, learn about Jackson’s history, or even take a trip back in time and see different types of clocks made around the world. Admission varies.

“We also have a wildlife exhibit. And in that exhibit, it focuses on the birds that you can find in and around Michigan,” Johnson said.

And there are some hands-on activities for the little ones throughout the museum.

Ella Sharp Museum

Tianna Jenkins, WSYM, January 2022

Ella Sharp Museum

“We have a train table, a car table, we have binoculars, the children can look through and watch the birds and draw the birds or find their idea of ​​what a bird would look like. And we have several other things as long as they can play,” Johnson said.

They also have other cool things like their own planetarium that you can explore.

For more information on the Ella Sharp Museum, click here.

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