Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art

Current Exhibitions

The Pink: An Awareness Exhibit

The Pink: An Awareness Exhibition

October 3 – December 23, 2015

A selected group of artists exhibit works dominated by the color pink in all its hues and tones. Recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Exhibition sponsored by MidMichigan Health

Rufus Snoddy

Wings and Textures: Construction Paintings by Rufus Snoddy

September 26 – December 23, 2015

Sculpted works animated by movement, sound and light.

Larry Cressman

Larry Cressman: Installation Drawings

September 26 – December 23, 2015

Art demonstrating the power and poetry of lines using items from the landscapes of Michigan.

Detail of painting by E.P. Lewandowski

The Ways of Water: Waterscapes by Contemporary Realist E.P. Lewandowski

September 26 – December 23, 2015

Award-winning waterscapes meticulously rendered in detail and appealing in form.

Gerald R. Ford

Taking the Seas: Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier

September 26 – December 13, 2015

Focusing on the legacy of our 38th President, this exhibition from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation presents the story surrounding America’s newest aircraft carrier: USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).

Amie Adelman

Ruled Surfaces: An Installation by Amie Adelman

October 10 – December 23, 2015

Three-dimensional weaving of curvilinear forms that hang in space.

Opening Reception: October 10 • 7 – 9 pm

Oil on canvas, 34 1/2 × 52 3/4 inches (87.6 × 134 cm). Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. William E. Scripps, 54.458

Guest of Honor: The Nut Gatherers  by William Adolphe Bouguereau

October 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This exhibition organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Nut Gatherers, 1882, William Adolphe Bouguereau, oil on canvas, 34 1/2 × 52 3/4 inches (87.6 × 134 cm). Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. William E. Scripps, 54.458.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Steve Maloney

Steve Maloney: This is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

January 16 – April 3, 2016

These sculptural works created from wrecked NASCAR sheet metal have been exhibited at the Daytona International Speedway.

Rex Burnett

Rex Burnett: Hot Rod Cutaway Drawings

January 16 – April 3, 2016

Over a career that began in 1948, Burnett has created artwork for Hot Rod Magazine, Motor Trend, Auto and Cycle magazines.


Capturing Design: Masters of Automobile Art

January 16 – April 3, 2016

Breathtaking works by leaders in the field of artistic automotive documentation. Includes the work of Tom Hale, Charles Maher and others.

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 The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Tri-City Motor SpeedwaySaginaw Valley State UniversityGreat Lakes LoonsQRPWCMU Public Broadcasting, 96.1 WHNN , 102.5 WIOG and McDonald’s Corporation.

This exhibition is created by Scitech Discovery Centre, Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.

Reflective Illusions: Depicting Silver and Glass

April 16 – June 11, 2016

An invitational exhibition featuring work by artists from across the country displaying mastery of the illusionary properties of glass and silver.

Solo 2

Many Places, One Moment: Thomas Tomasek Pastels

April 16 – June 11, 2016

The 2015 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition Solo Award winner has a passion to document the overlooks places around each of us.

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art Midland Area Schools

The 4th Congressional District Art Awards and Midland Area Schools Art Show

April 30 – May 28, 2016

Artwork demonstrating the high quality of art education in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective

The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective

May 14 – September 1, 2016

A rare glimpse into the artistic life of Theodor Seuss Geisel and his seven decades of groundbreaking creative work that is captivatingly “Seussian.”

Sponsored by Absolute Granite

The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective Exhibition is organized by Chase Art Companies with permission of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.
Museum School Faculty Exhibition Midland Center for the Arts

Studio School Student and Faculty Shows

June 25 – September 22, 2016

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.