Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Current Exhibitions

Leonardo da Vinci machine

Leonardo da Vinci:

man • inventor • artist • genius

January 24 – May 17, 2015

Experience genius and be inspired by one of history’s greatest artists, scientists and inventors. This exhibition has traveled the world and includes more than 60 invention models and 21 replicated works of art, allowing visitors the rare opportunity of considering how the masterpieces relate to the artist’s love of science and nature. This is truly an educational exhibition of unequaled fascination!

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Tour organized by Event Marketing Service GmbH (EMS), Vienna, and distributed by Exhibits Development Group (EDG), USA.

Exhibition sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning CorporationCatholic Federal Credit UnionGreat Lakes Loons, and Associated Builders and Contractors (Greater Michigan Chapter). Print sponsor Quick Reliable Printing. Media sponsors 96.1 WHNN, 102.5 WIOG, WMCU Public Broadcasting and WNEM TV5.

Paper Sashiko by Hiroko Lancour

Integrated Patterns: Structured Abstraction

April 25 – June 26, 2015

This invitational exhibition features work by artists from across the country employing extensive use of pattern, repetition, geometry and structural organization. Featured artists: Diane Carr, Jill Eggers, Dorothy Anderson Grow, James Hopfensperger, Chris Hyndman, Hiroko Lancour, Nancy Middlebrook, Paul Nehring, Margi Weir and Jeanne Williamson.

Decoding by Marissa Voytenko

Between Order and Chaos: Marissa Voytenko Encaustic Paintings

April 25 – June 26, 2015

The 2014 GMAE solo exhibit award winner explores psychological themes through a framework centered around structures – squares, grids, blocks and towers – and occasional text and drawn images.
Supported by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Trust administered by FirstMerit PrivateBank

2014 Winner: A Lieutenant in America by Madeline White

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

April 25 – May 30, 2015

Each spring artwork by local high school students is exhibited in the Museum showcasing the high quality of art education in our local schools and providing insight into the psyche and perspective of today’s youth. Also on exhibit are student winners of the 4th Congressional District Art Competition.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Be the Dinosaur

Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous

June 9 – September 3, 2015

Discover your wild side! Visitors of all ages will have fun exploring the mysteries of paleontology in a completely interactive way! This groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits features full-size dinosaur fossil reconstructions, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep “tour” for little ones, and more!
“Be the Dinosaur” is a traveling exhibition from Eureka Exhibits.

Stephen Sebald

Burnt Offerings: Stephen Sebald Drawings

July 11 – 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

GMAE 2015

54th Annual
Greater Michigan Art Exhibition (GMAE)

July 18 – September 13, 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.

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.