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Science, Art & History Events

In Conversation: Redefining Representation

The Women of the 116th Congress
Little Theatre

FEB 19, 2020 / 7 PM

Photographer Elizabeth Herman joins us at the Center to discuss the Redefining Representation portrait series. Herman will explore the history of the art form, and talk about the inspiration behind the portraits, the photographic process, and what it was like working with the women of the 116th Congress. A free and unticketed event.

Junk Art and Creative Science Connections for Educators

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art
MAR 3, 2020 / 4:30 – 8 PM

Using found materials, this workshop shows how students can use “junk” to build creative connections to science curriculum. Create an art project around the body systems, and learn how to connect art with science areas such as animals and geology. Classroom teachers and art specialists encouraged to attend; no visual arts background necessary. Instructor: Liz Wylegala, Arts Integration Teaching Specialist. For grades K-5. Fee: $25

Scout Night in the Museum

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art
MAR 19, 2020 / 4 - 8 PM

Discover the science behind fear as you explore our current travelling exhibit, Goosebumps! The Science of Fear. Take part in a fear challenge course as you get your heart pumping. Explore the facial expressions of fear as you interact with a technology to analyze your facial expressions, and take part in our slimy, scary hands-on activities! Cost: $5 per person, free for members!

Scouts must be in uniform for family to receive discounted admission on scout night.

Late Night Party: Murder Mystery

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art
MAY 1, 2020 / 8 - 11 PM

A custom experience for adults only after the sun sets and the Museum takes on a different persona. Enjoy cocktails, beer, snacks and new themed programming – all while having access to our galleries and newest exhibits. 

Don your best 1920’s attire and explore the A.B. Dow Museum after hours for a murder mystery party. Guests will enjoy themed drinks and snacks while they try and solve who done it! Must be 21 or older to attend. Public: $15/ Museum Members: $12

Recurring Events

Alden B. Dow Museum Clubs & Workshops

Young Explorers Club (Ages 1-3)

Toddlers, ages 1-3, and their caregivers will explore stories with science and art activities in our monthly 9:30 AM learn and play club. 
  • Adult with child ages 3 to 5 – $10, Additional children ages 3 to 5 – $5
  • Member adult with child ages 3 to 5 – $5

Young Explorers Club (Ages 3-5)

A monthly play and learn date at 10:30 AM with stories connected to science and art activities for pre-K and kindergarteners (Ages 3-5) and their caregivers. 
  • Adult with child ages 3 to 5 – $10, Additional children ages 3 to 5 – $5
  • Member adult with child ages 3 to 5 – $5

STEM Family Days

Celebrate the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math with exciting experiments, demonstrations and more every 3rd Saturday. This extra fun is included with museum admission; free for museum members!

Girls Only STEM Night

Join us once a month to hear a professional woman from our community share her personal story on a STEM-based career.
  • For GIRLS ages 10 and up; ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult; one adult per paying girl admitted free.
  • Cost: $5 per girl. Pre-registration required.

Scout Workshops

Work towards earning your boy or girl scout badge during our engaging hands-on Scout programs! Scout groups of 10 or more can register for one or more workshops, available SAT - SUN / 2 - 4 PM.

Homeschool Programs

Join us the second Wednesday of every month with engaging hands-on workshops for homeschool students! 
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM / Grades 1-2; 10:30 – 11:30 AM / Grades 3-5
  • Cost: $10 non-members / $5 members

Upcoming Exhibitions

High School Art Show

APR 4 - MAY 3

This Great Lakes Bay Region High School Art Show displays various projects from across our region. Freshman through Senior year students are represented with artwork from beginning level classes to advanced and honors courses, including International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement programs. Media, including graphite drawing to clay, paper mache, bronze, stone, all types of paint along with digital/vector drawings and prints will be on display. Some of these students plan to continue their art studies in college as they pursue a degree and career in a creative communications field.

The Fragile Bee

MAY 18 - AUG 31

California based artist Nancy Macko has drawn upon images of the honeybee society to explore the relationships between art, science, technology and ancient matriarchal cultures. Macko combines elements of painting, printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation to create a unique visual language. This combination of media allows her to examine and respond to issues related to eco-feminism, nature, and the importance of ancient matriarchal cultures – as well as to explore her interest in mathematics, and prime numbers in particular, in which she attempts to make explicit the implicit connections between nature and technology. 

Birds of America Audubon Exhibit

JUN 1 - SEP 6, 2020

Explore American ornithologist, naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) with 50 illustrations from his extensive studies documenting American birds. Audubon's' color-plate book, The Birds of America, with detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats is one of the finest examples of ornithological literature ever published. In addition to these illustrations, the exhibition will feature some of Audubon's colored plates of animals along with taxidermied birds and animals depicted on various works. For all ages, and includes an “Explorers Campsite” with a tent, animals, fishing pond and other hands-on activities for young visitors.

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