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.

Stations of the Cross: Gib Singleton Sculptures

The Stations of the Cross: Gib Singleton Sculpture

January 17 – April 19, 2015

Renowned American sculptor Gib Singleton’s interpretation of the last hours of Christ’s life is an art experience that creates a spiritual and emotional connection for the soul. His religious works are in the collection of the Vatican Museum, and his bronze crucifix adorned the world-famous crosier carried by both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Exhibition on loan from the Hutchison Family Foundation.

Antrim by Craig Keith Antrim

Crosses: The Paintings of Craig Keith Antrim

January 17 – April 19, 2015

Highly textured contemporary paintings exhaustively explore the theme of the cross in a prolific examination of religious symbolism.

from the Tamassy Collection

Italian Master Drawings: Selections from the Tamassy Collection of Northwood University

January 17 – April 19, 2015

A selection of drawings from the 14th to 18 centuries focusing on religious themes, including Venetian, Florentine and Roman works. Artists include Francesco Guardi, Parmigianino, Annibale Carracci, Lodovico Carracci, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Andrea Sacchi and others.

Exhibition on loan from Northwood University.

Museum School Faculty Exhibition Midland Center for the Arts

Studio School Faculty Exhibition

January 17 – April 19, 2015

On display are the creative visions of the professional artists who teach classes at our Studio School.

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

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.


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.

Be the Dinosaur

Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous

June 6 – 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.