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Exhibits and Long Running Activities:

Location Date/Hours Title
Art Cats Gallery,
Lakeside Center, 1845 Lakeshore,


Tuesday - Saturday

11 am - 5 pm and by appointment

Blown glass by Tsuga Studios; jewelry by Sherry Tinsman, Desert Heart, Gardella, Dee Janssen, and Amy Greely; Raku by Mike Bryant and Kate Tonguis, Reed Asher's stoneware pottery, and works by Louise Hopson.

Second Saturday Art Parties: on the second Saturday of the month, from noon to 5:00 pm, spotlighting a different artist each month.


Arts Council of White Lake
106 E. Colby., Whitehall MI


Bettye Clark-Cannon Gallery,
Hilt Building, Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
425 W. Western,


 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday  

Century Club Center Gallery

356 W. Western, Muskegon


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday with later hours of Friday.

City Barn Store
6th and Webster at the Hackley and Hume Site


Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

Admission is $5 for guests 12 and older, visitors 11 and under are admitted free.

The City Barn Store offers unique custom made items including jewelry, clothing, note cards and photographs. Books on local history, children’s educational items and other gift items are also available.

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

Colby Street Shops,
106 E Colby,



Miniature furniture display from Stickley Brother's Furniture Co. sample builder, Charles Theodore Payne. Antiquarian books, comic art, animation cels, and comic books.

Dreese Fine Arts and Framing,
8 N. Ferry,
Grand Haven



Hours vary, appointments taken.

Fine art and framing


Fire Barn,
Clay between Fifth and Sixth Streets


Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

Free admission

Learn about the history of fire fighting in this replica of a 1890s Muskegon Fire Station. A 1923 American LaFrance Pumper Fire Truck is on display along with hose carts, hooks, ladders and photographs of some of the area’s most devastating fires. A display on the second floor depicts the living quarters of the early fire stations. Free admission. During the holidays, visitors will find small gifts and food items which were dropped off to the firefighters by grateful neighbors

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts,

425 W Western Ave #200, Muskegon, MI 49440

(231) 722-9750


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free admission

Gallery Uptown,
201 Washington,
Grand Haven


Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Receptions for all First Friday openings are 5:30 - 8:00 pm

“Reflecting Nature” opens July 3 and includes gallery members Marlan Cotner and Catherine McClung along with guest artists Jacob Steenholdt and Chris Brown. Two major pieces from ArtPrize 2014 will be featured: Catherine’s watercolor 9′ x 8′ mural, “Birds of the Bible” and “Fibonacci Ring” by Jacob Steenholdt .
Marlan Cotner will show her oil paintings of nature as well as stunning mosaic and pearl jewelry. The mosaics will have a nature theme but the materials vary, some shiny glass tiles as well as matte unglazed porcelain as in “Swallows Table”. Natural freshwater pearls and sterling silver are in abundance in Cotner’s jewelry, from earrings, to bracelets to necklaces.
Chris Brown has owned and run a restaurant, Pereddies, in Holland, MI for 30 years and it left him little time for painting. A trip to Provence and Tuscany re-energized his love of art. Now his watercolors and pastels are a reflection of his life.


Graffia Gallery,
215 W. Savidge,
Spring Lake



Artist, Linda Dimitroff.


Grand Haven Area Arts Council Building,
421 Columbus,
Grand Haven




Hackley and Hume Historic Site,
6th and Webster,


Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

Admission $5 for guests 13 and older, visitors 12 and younger are admitted free.

Free admission for moms on Mother’s Day Weekend.

Free admission for all Muskegon County residents during the month of October.

Tours begin in the City Barn where the Museum Store is located. The store offers unique items including jewelry and porcelain collectibles. Books on local history, children’s educational items and other gift items are also available. The store is open during normal tour hours.

The homes of Muskegon’s most famous lumber barons offer guided tours from May to October and Holiday Tours from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Visitors will tour the lumber barons’ homes and see period decorations and Museum artifacts.

Lavish woodcarvings, outstanding stenciling and glorious stained glass windows greet visitors as they tour the homes. Built in the late 1800s, the homes are furnished in the highest tradition of Victorian Decorative Arts and include original family pieces. The Site is on the National Register of Historic Places and was rated by AAA as “one of Michigan’s best examples of Victorian homes.”


Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center

Holton Historical Society,
6511 Holton Whitehall Road,


Saturday - Sunday through October

1:00 - 3:30 pm

James Jackson Museum of African American History,
7 Center St
PO Box 3965
Muskegon Heights



2-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Embraces local Black History with historical displays and local artists' displays. Exhibits include African American History in Muskegon County, Freedom Now Party of Michigan, Jim Crow, Black Panther Party, Underground Railroad.  Now showing:  “The History of the African American Church in Muskegon County.

Lakeshore Museum Center,
430 W. Clay
Muskegon MI 49440


Weekdays: 9:30 – 4:30

Weekends: Noon to 4 p.m.


Armchair Archaeology:  Amateur archaeologists explored Muskegon County from the 1930s to the 1960s. Working outside of their occupational expertise, these “Armchair Archaeologists” pursued their interest in Native American culture and natural history. A selection of these objects became the core of the Lakeshore Museum Center collection.

“Michigan from the Depths of Time” takes visitors on a 400 million year journey through Michigan in the making in this new permanent exhibit. Experience a prehistoric exploration of plants and animals, an underwater habitat, a swampy forest, the last ice age and the Great Lakes and its fascinating creatures.

“Coming to the Lakes” features a life sized mastodon, trader’s cabin and sawmill. Hand-on opportunities can be found in the Science Center and Body Works.


Visit the Muskegon Mercantile in the Museum for a unique shopping experience. Books and videos on local and Michigan history and topics, Lakeshore Museum Center souvenirs, children’s toys and books and jewelry fill the shelves. Museum members receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

Loading Dock Coffee Shop Art Gallery,
101 Columbus,
Grand Haven



Features works by local artists in a variety of visual media.

Loutit District Library
407 Columbus Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417


Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM
Friday 9AM-6PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday - School Year 1PM-5PM
Sunday - Summer Closed

Michigan's Heritage Park
8637 N Durham Rd
Whitehall, MI 49461


Opens June 6!

Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).



Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center.

Musical Fountain
Waterfront Stadium,
Grand Haven


Open nightly at 9:30 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and December 1 - 24 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical Fountain

Muskegon Community College, Hendrik Meijer Library


Muskegon Community College,
Overbrook Art Gallery,



9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Special weekend and evening hours will be held on Dec. 3-6 during performances of “A Civil War Christmas” in the adjacent Overbrook Theater. Call (231) 777-0324 for more information.

A free public reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk by the artists at 6:30pm.


Muskegon Heritage Museum,
561 W Western,


Thursdays through Saturdays from Mid-May to Mid-October 11 am to 4 pm

Admission:  $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, children under 5 are free.  Muskegon Heritage Association members and their families are free.

New exhibit:  Campbell, Wyant and Cannon Foundry.

The Muskegon Heritage Museum focus is on the industries that made Muskegon a manufacturing center for more than 100 years.  Preserving that industrial heritage as well as presenting  information about the historic homes and buildings in Muskegon are the features of the museum.  There is a working Corliss Valve steam engine which runs an antique line shaft and machine shop, a vintage printshop, and exhibits about the foundries, patternmakers, Muskegon Brewery, Stuart Hartshorn Roller Shade Company,  the Occidental Hotel and  Sappi Paper MIll to list just a few. Check out the web site at www.muskegonheritage.org for more information and photos.  Group tours for students and adults are available upon request.  The museum is located across from the Amazon Building and is in Heritage Village.  A walking tour of Heritage Village and the historic homes is available at the museum.  The museum is run completely by volunteers and is funded through MHA memberships, donations, grants and admissions.

Muskegon Museum of Art,
296 W Webster,


Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm

Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 4:30 pm

Closed Monday  & Tuesday

(Open Tues. & Thur. 10--6, June 1 through Labor Day)


Ages 17 & under Free

Students with I.D. Free

MMA Members Free

Additional admission may be charged for special exhibitions.

April 30 – August 9, 2015
Michael and Kay Olthoff/Thelma and Paul Wiener Gallery
Manierre Dawson (1887-1969) was a pioneer in abstract art, creating paintings that rivaled the most innovative of his contemporaries. His visionary works, inspired by his early training and career as a civil engineer, speak to the development of Cubism and Abstract Expressionism.
In 1969, Dawson gifted his painting Afternoon II to the MMA and It is one of the most significant works in the collection. This exhibition presents a broader sample of his paintings and a special opportunity to see more of his historic art assembled all in a single place. Lenders to the show include the Illinois State Museum system and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, as well as other private and institutional lenders from around the region. Dawson moved to Ludington in May 1914 to run the family orchard, but continued to paint and sculpt as time allowed. After its premiere at the MMA, the show will appear at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. APRIL 30 OPENING RECEPTION AND LECTURE.

May 7 – August 30, 2015
Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery
This exhibition features artworks inspired by sports and leisure. Anchored by two paintings by Kadir Nelson that chronicle the history of Negro League Baseball, Take Me Out to the Ballgame reveals the ways artists seek to capture the athleticism and popularity of sporting activities and events. In addition to the Nelson paintings, other highlights include Counted Out and The Baseball Game by George Bellows, Le Jockey by Toulouse Lautrec, and photographs of Muskegon from past issues of the Muskegon Chronicle.

87th Regional Exhibition: June 4 through August 5, 2015. The Muskegon Museum of Art’s juried 87th Regional Exhibition opens June 4

Through April 2016: Avian Avatars
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents Avian Avatars, a public art installation designed by The Myth Makers, artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. The project consists of five bird sculptures, 18 to 26 feet tall, which are crafted from maple saplings, wire ties, and found objects. Each of the sculptures has been installed in a different downtown Muskegon location and will be on display through April 2016. The Avatars can be seen at the Muskegon Museum of Art, the Lakeshore Museum Center, the Muskegon Convention and Visitors Center, the Hines/Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Building, and the Muskegon Farmers’ Market.

June 23 through August 9, 2015: Tiffany Traditions
This group of works from the MMA’s collection includes some of the finest pieces from the Tiffany Studios era, including lamps, glasses, and fine functional objects.

August 6 through October 11, 2015: Doorways: A Passage through the Permanent Collection
As openings through which we enter and exit from one place to another, doorways are common thresholds. In the hands of artists, however, doors, gates, portals, arches, and other passageways are often valuable assets around which artworks are conceived. Doorways serve as carriers of narrative themes, compositional structure, and even psychological intrigue. Through a select group of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, Doorways provides one means to enter the MMA’s expanding permanent collection. Underwritten by Rehmann.

August 20 through October 25, 2015: Challenging Tradition: Fine Craft from the Permanent Collection
In the mid-twentieth century, as part of the advent of modernism in the United States, artists became interested in using traditional craft materials and techniques to create fine art works that, while they might reference function, could exist purely as art objects, as paintings or sculpture do. This new direction quickly overlapped multiple art disciplines, as artists incorporated fiber and textile into sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, and even electronic media. The experimentation with craft has led to innovative and exciting works of contemporary art, and blurred the line between craft and fine art forever. Challenging Tradition: Fine Craft from the Permanent Collection showcases some of the best contemporary craft works in the MMA collections.

August 20 through November 1, 2015: Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge
This exhibition examines the state of fibers and textiles in the fine art world today. The artworks on display reveal the diversity of the fine art textile and fiber movement, and its transformation into a multi-media and discipline-spanning phenomenon. Participating artists come from around the world, including an invited group of 27 artists that are visionaries in the field. Additionally, a slate of artists selected from juried submissions received from countries around the world will join these masters. These juried pieces join those by invited artists for a showing of over 120 fiber and textile based artworks. Viewers will find tapestries, quilts, weavings, sculpture, basketry, and a host of other forms on display, from functional works to fully abstracted shapes. This is a remarkable opportunity for West Michigan to see truly contemporary, international artwork by artists that defined and continue to transform a major art movement. The exhibition has been developed in coordination with Guest Curator Geary Jones of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Muskegon Railroad Historical Society,
561 W Western,



Features a pictorial history of Muskegon railroading on the walls and three operating model-train layouts including a Polar Express train. Children of all ages welcome. Free admission.

Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library
705 Seminole


Nuveen Community Center for the Arts

106 E. Colby Street


Tuesday – Friday:
Noon – 6 pm



Red Lotus Gallery,
356 W. Western, Muskegon
Muskegon, MI 49441


Sun-Tues Closed
Wed-Fri  10 am – 6 pm
Sat 10 am – 4 pm




Sochon and Halona Pottery,
4200 Obenauf,
Twin Lake



Pottery and woodworking by Flynn Sochon and Halona Gustin.

S. S. Milwaukee Clipper,
Lakeshore Drive at McCracken St.,

231-755-8066 or 231-722-2538

Open May through September

Saturday and Sunday

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and free for children 5 and under.

Oldest and only surviving American Great Lakes passenger ship. It was rebuilt and redesigned in 1940 by marine naval architect George Sharp of New York and today harbors the world's most complete Art Deco collection of Warren McArthur furniture.

Private tours can be arranged.

Scolnik House
540 W Clay
Muskegon MI 49440


Seasonal Hours – May through October, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Monday (1-4 on Sundays).

Admission at the Scolnik House is free.

The Scolnik House tells the story of families living in Muskegon during the Great Depression. Guests can listen in on a party line conversation, hear radio programs from the period and learn about how families made do during the important time in American history. During the Holidays, simple decorations show how families may have celebrated during the Great Depression.

Part of the Lakeshore Museum Center.

South Pier Head Lighthouse
Beach Street
Muskegon, MI 49440


Seasonal Hours-Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm

Adults $4 and children 12 and under $2.

Come join us in climbing the lighthouse down by Muskegon shoreline, and learn about the history of the lights. Children must be 3 ft to climb.  Wear sturdy shoes. Can't wait to see you there! :)
Tri-Cities Historical Museum,
1 N Harbor,
Grand Haven



Feature maritime history, period living, and historic time line displays hightlighting the earliest beginnings of the Tri-Cities area.

Mart Dock,
Fourth Street,

231-722-4730 or 231-730-1477

Open May to October


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tours are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Family rates available. The LST was used during World War II and the Allied invasion at Normandy, France.

D-Day exhibit honors all the veterans who embarked upon the largest seaborne invasion in history, especially the 29 men from Muskegon, 12 of whom would not survive the battle. This exhibit takes you on a visual journey through the various stages of that great crusade, beginning with profiles of the various leaders of the Allied Forces and the planning it took to make the invasion possible. Other highlights include an in-depth look at the airborne invasion, a profile of the five landing beaches and a look at the aftermath and casualties suffered.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum,
1346 Bluff,


Hours for Sept-May
Sun-Thurs: 10 am- 4 pm
Fri-Sat: 10 am-5:30 pm

Tickets for the combined tours of the submarine Silversides and US Coast Guard Cutter McLane are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens 62 years and older, $7.50 for students 12-18 years old and $6.50 for children 5-11 years old.


Features tours of the USS Silversides submarine and the former US Coast Guard Cutter McLane. 

Civil Air Patrol Exhibit: The Civil Air Patrol was created in December of 1941, one week before Pearl Harbor. The CAP brought together a group of dedicated volunteers to form one organized unit that helped defend our coast lines from the Germans and the Japanese. During WWII, CAP pilots flew more than one-half million hours, rescued hundreds of crash survivors
and were credited with sinking two enemy submarines. Since then the CAP has helped defend our national interests through all kinds of dangers including being the only private agency allowed to fly when the skies went silent after 9/11.

The World War II experiences of a dozen Muskegon area World War II veterans, as told to Muskegon Community College students enrolled in the popular Intro to WWII course, will be shared in a special exhibit, “Veterans’ Stories,” from May 4 through Aug. 4

White River Gallery,
106 E. Colby Street


Wednesday-Friday  10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,

Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.