- Little Ceasars Arena, new home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, is scheduled to open in summer 2017. The arena will be the flagship of the new District Detroit. The Q Line street car is also scheduled to begin service along Woodward Avenue is spring 2017.
- Round 1 Bowling and Amusement will join the lineup at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in fall 2017, offering bowling, dining, karaoke, ping-pong and more.
- Flint Institute of Arts will open a new Contemporary Craft Wing in 2017 that will include space for artists to work and stadium-style seating for visitors to observe the creative process.
- A new music venue, 20 Monroe Live, will have its grand opening in Grand Rapids in early 2017.
- The Lost Railway Museum in Grass Lake will open in summer 2017, telling the stories of a time in the early 20th Century when six railways intersected in Jackson County.
- The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum is scheduled to open in June 2017 in Ludington. Located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station, the museum will entertain, enlighten and instruct through diverse, family-friendly interactive exhibits.
- The escape room Know Way Out recently opened in Petoskey or head to Escape Marquette to experience a life size game of clues or Great Lakes Escape to decipher cryptic clues.
- Sperry’s Moviehouse is now open in former Sperry’s department store in downtown Port Huron featuring 12 movie theaters and a restaurant on the second floor.
- Now open at The Henry Ford, the new Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery displays a world-class collection as well as the experience of creating glass through video technology. The special exhibit American Style & Spirit: 130 Years of Fashions and Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family will also be on display at The Henry Ford through early April 2017.
- The Detroit Institute of Arts hosts a number of special exhibits in 2017, including Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate (now-March 5, 2017), The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals (now-through April 16, 2017) and Detroit After Dark (now through April 23, 2017).
- A special exhibit of works from Ai Weiwei, titled Natural State, will be on display at Frederick Meijer Gardens January 27-August 20, 2017. Special exhibits at the Grand Rapids Public Museum this year include Prints and Processes (Jan. 24-May 28) and Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta (Feb. 5-April 30).
- Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills hosts John Glick: A Legacy in Clay (now-March 12, 2017) and Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe (June 16-October 8, 2017).
- Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek will open a new African Lion exhibit in 2017.
- Gilmore Car Museum will host the limited-time exhibit “The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967” through the end of April. The exhibit showcases nearly two dozen of the rarest and most sought after sports cars in the world.
- Special exhibits at the Sloan Museum in Flint this year include Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (through May 21, 2017) and The Adventures of Clifford the Big Red Dog (Sept. 16, 2017-Ja. 3, 2018). The Flint Institute of Arts will host Women of a New Tribe (Jan. 22-April 15, 2017), Reaction: The Art of Social Commentary (Feb. 4-April 30, 2016) and Auguste Rodin: The Human Experience (May 6-July 30, 2017).
- The Muskegon Museum of Art will present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian (May 11-September 10, 2017).
- South Haven’s Michigan Maritime Museum opens a new featured exhibit, Lake Michigan’s Call to Duty in WWII, on April 22 and visitors will be able to experience history and Hollywood aboard the USCG 36460 motor life boat that starred in the Disney film The Finest Hour.