Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Current Exhibitions

Be the Dinosaur

Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous
Best for ages 6 – 14

Now – September 3, 2015

Discover your wild side! Video game technology will have visitors exploring the mysteries of paleontology in a completely interactive way! More…

“Be the Dinosaur” is a traveling exhibition from Eureka Exhibits.

Exhibition sponsored by Fisher Companies and United Financial Credit Union.

Greater Michigan Art Exhibition 2015

54th Annual
Greater Michigan Art Exhibition (GMAE)

Now – September 11, 2015

One of Michigan’s few remaining all-state contemporary art competitions, the GMAE provides a forum for the most recent developments by Michigan artists, in gallery space particularly suited for the display of contemporary work.

View award winners

Stephen Sebald

Burnt Offerings: Stephen Sebald Drawings

Now – September 27, 2015

The 2014 GMAE award winner’s extremely detailed realist charcoal portrait drawings are recognized for excellence, precision and craftsmanship.
Supported by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Trust administered by FirstMerit PrivateBank

Upcoming Exhibitions

Speed: Science in Motion

Speed: Science in Motion

January 23 – May 1, 2016

Unravel the cutting-edge science and technology behind motor sports – from physics and engineering to human endurance and biology – through hands-on models and learning stations. Complete with pit lane, workshop, and physical testing environments!

Exhibition sponsored by Tri-City Motor Speedway and Great Lakes Loons. Media sponsor: WCMU Public Broadcasting

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.