Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Permanent Exhibitions

Hall of Ideas

Hall of Ideas

The Hall of Ideas is a permanent interactive exhibition comprised of three levels of colorful and engaging stations tracing the spiraling evolution of civilization of this region.

“This is a source of ideas to stimulate all ages to create and appreciate the facts and feelings of life.” ~ Alden B. Dow

Explore the Hall of Ideas
ViewSpace - Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Permanent Exhibition


Winner of the 2003 Muse Award, ViewSpace brings the wonders of celestial exploration to the Museum through recent photographs from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. (ViewSpace availability is dependent on gallery exhibition schedule).

Explore ViewSpace
Midland Center for the Arts Fish Tank

Saltwater Aquarium

Over 100 fish occupy our beautiful 450-gallon saltwater aquarium, delighting visitors of all ages. MCFTA and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library have teamed up to research information about the tank and its inhabitants. Come discover facts about the fishes’ home regions, ecology, habitat, food, symbiotic relationships and more! Visit often, because our aquarium is an ever-changing learning experience!

Located near the Information Desk, the aquarium is free and open for public viewing during building hours.

Made possible through a generous donation from David and Patti Kepler of Midland.

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art pendulum children school tours

Foucault Pendulum

While it had long been known that the Earth rotated, the introduction of the Foucault pendulum in 1851 was the first simple proof of the rotation in an easy-to-see experiment.

At Midland’s latitude of 43.6156 degrees, our Foucault Pendulum takes about a day and half to return to its original orientation.

On Exhibit

Freeing the Gesture


September 24 – December 31, 2016

Arising out of the traditions of Gestural Abstraction, Martiny’s brush strokes are freed from the canvas to create three-dimensional sculptures that spill into the viewer’s space.
Exhibition organized by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Rhythm In Algorithm

RHYTHM IN ALGORITHM: Jiangmei Wu Origami

October 1 – December 31, 2016

The artist uses the discipline of paper folding to create overlapping realms between art, design, mathematics, science and engineering. Wu is assistant professor, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design at Indiana University, where she earned the MFA.

GMAE - 55th Annual

55th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition (GMAE)

October 15, 2016 – December 31, 2016

One of the few remaining statewide visual arts competitions in Michigan. Each year features a leading artist, museum professional or art historian as the invited juror.


Sandra Gottlieb: October Waves

January 14 – April 2, 2017

The New York-based artist captures the ephemeral nature of the sea – from peaceful and calm, to tumultuous and angry – in 40 large-scale photographs that are in essence character studies of the power and beauty of waves.
Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

Sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank


Water, Rain and Fog

January 14 – April 2, 2017

Invitational exhibition featuring artists from across America who revel in the complex difficulty posed by artistically representing liquid and water.

Sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank


Contemporary Masters of Marine Painting

January 14 – April 2, 2017

A who’s who of masterful painters, many notable members of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Sponsored by Tri-Star Trust Bank

Design Zone

Design Zone: Behind the Scenes

January 28 – April 30, 2017

Visitors can go behind the scenes and see how video game developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math to do amazing things. Learn More…
Exhibition sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University.


Chromatic Drawing

April 15 – June 10, 2017

An invitational exhibition of colored pencil drawings created by artists from across America (many being members of the Colored Pencil Society of America), whose exacting and highly detailed images are often referenced as “hyper-realism.”

4th Congressional District Art Show 2016

4th Congressional District Art Competition &
Midland Area Schools Art Show

April 28 – May 27, 2017


Drawn Out: An Invitational

May 20 – September 2, 2017

Drawing realizes the ultimate depiction, uniting the artist with the mark making surface. Features works from across America.

Student Art Show 2016

Studio School Student and Faculty Exhibitions

June 24 – September 21, 2017