Lego Discovery Land opens in early 2016 at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, delivering educational, interactive activities for families. The discovery center will also house a 4D cinema and MINILAND area featuring iconic Detroit landmarks made of Lego bricks.
The Detroit Zoo will open the world’s largest penguinarium, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, this spring. The 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area will be home to more than 80 penguins representing four species.
The Henry Ford hosts three new special exhibits this year: The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Retrospective (April 28-September 18), Engines Exposed (January 9-February 28) and Fashion Forward/Roddis Dress Collection (November 6-April 3, 2017).
Tours of the state Capitol building in Lansing are now available on Saturdays.
Grand Rapids’ cultural institutions will host a number of exciting exhibits in 2016. Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise (January 30 - April 17) and Maurice Sendack's Where the Wild Things Are (April 9 - May 22) will be featured in the Grand Rapids Art Museum; The Robot Zoowill be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum starting March 19; and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will install exclusive works from Italian sculptor Mimmo Paledino (February 26 – August 14).
New exhibits at Gilmore Car Museum in 2016 include “Jay B. Rhodes: The Patent King,” “Mid-Century Performance,” and “Realistic to Whimsical: Tin Toy Cars of Yesteryear.” The museum will also showcase The Donald Gilmore Collection, a special exhibit of the vehicles that began the Gilmore collection.
Experience the Air Zoo’s new multi-sensory and immersive National Guadalcanal Memorial exhibit.
Applewood, The Charles Stewart Mott Estate in Flint, will offer regular public hours beginning in May 2016.
Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek has opened the Joe and Clara Stewart African Tented Camp and Zamani School new for 2016. Eight wood-framed structures will host overnight guests and a multi-purpose education center. The Fantasy Forest sculpture park on the grounds of Leila Arboretum is now open in Battle Creek as well.
Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing in Muskegon is now open. The park explores 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting along a gentle half-mile trail offering first-person encounters along the way.
Bay Harbor will open its highly-anticipated 500-seat Great Lakes Center for the Arts in July and historic the Lyric Theater is scheduled to reopen in Harbor Springs this spring.
Mariner Theater and Sperry’s Movie House will both re-open this year in Port Huron after extensive renovations. The Mariner Theater is also home to Titanic - The Building of an Icon Exhibit, including fine art models' galleries of museum quality, limited edition scale models and finds from around the world, and classic movies, documentaries and independent films.
CREATE, an artistic environment for kids and adults, will open in Boyne City’s old train station in fall 2016 and Lampshade is a new multi-purpose space in downtown Ypsilanti that offers a café, bookshop, art gallery, music venue, performance space, meditation and yoga center.