Virtual Discoveries at Museums Across Michigan

Presidential car exhibit at The Henry Ford

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From national treasures to local lore, Michigan’s museums are the perfect way to spend a day learning about the dreamers and adventurers who changed the world. Intrigue curious kids with fascinating online learning. From early automotive manufacturers to musical superstars and from stargazing to art galleries, you can explore them all without ever leaving home.

The Menominee Range Historical Museums in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers three different museums for guests to explore. Each museum offers a virtual tour including The Menominee Range Historical Museum, which features more than 100 exhibits depicting local history from Native American inhabitants through the early years of the 20th century; The World War II Gilder and Military Museum, which features one of only seven fully-restored CG-4A gliders in the world, as well as extensive displays highlighting military service in the area; and the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum, which showcases the largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the United States.

Plane hanging from ceiling at The Henry Ford museum
Exhibit at The Henry Ford | Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford


The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is an internationally recognized cultural destination that immerses visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. In addition to exploring the digital collections made available on the museum’s website, virtual visitors can now explore the Mathematica exhibit online.

Virtual visitors get involved with the fascinating history of the automotive industry as they:

The Michigan Science Center offers a virtual tour for kids of all ages to explore. The center also incorporates an educational experience adhering to STEM guidelines. Kids can explore the health and wellness gallery to learn about the human body, the lunar and space gallery to learn about space travel and more.

Take a virtual field trip of the Detroit Institute of Arts with Detroit Public Television.
At the Motown Historical Museum virtual tours, visitors trace the roots of Motown’s remarkable story and chronicle its impact on 20th-century popular culture and musical styles. Virtual visitors tour the former home of Berry Gordy Jr. and the legendary Studio A, where several Motown hits were recorded by music icons like the Four Tops, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes—and many others.

Cranbrook Museum of Art guides visitors to contemporary and modern art exhibitions in 3D in a virtual platform.

Ann Arbor’s virtual experiences bring winemakers, bakers, cocktail enthusiasts, balsamic vinegar experts and so much more to your living room. Observe virtual pet adoptions, kids’ crafts, museum tours, gallery visits and interactive Zoom-hosted book club Learn to make pasta savory pies, pizza making, and tasty bakery delights with cooking classes offered by  Zingerman’s Bakehouse

At the Sloan Museum, visitors take a walk back through time, from the thriving days of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company to the old Flint and the city’s fight for fair housing.

Get a sense of spring with a live stream of the butterfly exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, recognized as America’s most entertaining presidential museum, brings American history to life for students of all ages with diverse exhibits that spark curiosity and enthusiasm about our nation's history and government.

Old plan with bird painted on it at the Air Zoo
Plane at the AirZoo | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan 


Through Launchpad to Learning, the whole family can enjoy video content that features tours and museum artifacts, educational STEAM content, DIY learning experiments, games and more at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo.

The Michigan History Museum offers information about Michigan’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest people to the late 20th century. The five-floor museum offers a virtual tour for folks to explore and learn about Michigan’s first people, Native Americans, and ends with the mid-20th century.

The Huron Experience encourages visitors to explore Port Huron’s history through virtual tours of the Carnegie CenterFort Gratiot Lighthouse,  The Huron Lightship and the Thomas Edison Depot Museum.