Get a richer appreciation for the world around you with a visit to Michigan’s art, science and history museums. Michigan performing arts demonstrate unmatched passion. It can be heard in a Michigan symphony, seen with a Michigan ballet performance and felt in our world-class performing arts centers and venues. Come and sit center stage at Michigan’s world-class performances.
The Grand Rapids Ballet Company (GRBC) is Michigan’s only professional ballet company. The remarkably skilled troop consists of fifteen professional dancers and four apprentices. Celebrating its thirty-eighth season, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, lifts the human spirit through the art of dance. The season for Michigan’s only professional ballet company runs from September through May.
At Cranbrook, the growl of rush-hour traffic yields to the quiet of perfect lawns, prim English rose gardens and gurgling bronze fountains. This educational community, which welcomes visitors, salutes the arts, science and architecture in Bloomfield Hills just northwest of downtown Detroit.
Cranbrook’s founders, newspaper publisher George G. Booth and his wife, Ellen, named the 315-acre oasis after the English town where the Booth family originated. The complex reflects the Booths’ genteel lifestyle, fascination with landscape gardening and support of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
As you stroll past handsome, ivy-covered brick buildings, you’ll see the influence of Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Visitors also can tour Saarinen’s Art Deco row house, with its handwoven tapestries and geometric-accented furnishings.
Cranbook House, the Booths’ English Arts & Crafts-style manor, which noted architect Albert Kahn designed, includes Pewabic pottery fireplace surrounds and more intricate tapestries. After touring the house, you can stroll through 40 acres of formal gardens and sculptures.
Nearby, graceful sculpted figures spring to life from Carl Milles’ Orpheus fountain at the entry to the Art Museum. Galleries feature traveling exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and textiles by contemporary artists, plus works by Cranbook Academy of Art students and alumni.
A statue of a lumbering stegosaurus points the way to the entrance of the Institute of Science, where you can watch a laser-light show at the planetarium and explore the maze of exhibit halls. Interactive displays and audio narratives captivate kids.
For a sampling of other cultural offerings, check out our Pure Michigan Arts & Culture featured destinations.