Mazes and Brain Games

OCT 13 – JAN 6

Maneuver your way through this mind boggling collection of mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games – an unforgettable adventure that’s sure to challenge, entertain and amaze visitors of all ages.

Mazes winds its way over 6,000+ square feet with over 60 puzzling experiences that inspire exuberant exploration and ingenuity. Test your perceptions and laugh your way through the maze of illusions, a feast of exploration and ingenuity. Run a marathon with your fingers on the Finger Mazes or become a “webmaster” by climbing through an intricate web of rope without getting tangled in the Web Maze. Wrap your head around the Puzzle Maze and get lost in a network of color in the Color Maze. Conquer puzzling challenges and discover new ways of problem solving around every corner.

Museum Admission

Adults: $10 | Ages 4 – 14: $7 | Ages 3 and under: Free
ABD Museum members/ASTC reciprocal: Free

Admission includes all exhibitions in the galleries, Spark!Lab (space is limited), plus the Hall of Ideas.

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Alden B. Dow Museum Hours

Winter Museum Hours


Tuesday 9 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday 9 AM – 4 PM
Thursday 9 AM – 8 PM
Friday 9 AM – 4 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM
Sunday 1 – 5 PM

Closed: Mondays

Included with Admission

NEW – Spark!Lab® Smithsonian!

Create, innovate, collaborate, and problem solve!

Through hands-on activities, children and their families engage in invention through activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math with art and creativity. Included with full museum admission, this self-led exploration of interactive space creates creative and collaborative thinking. Learn more…

Hall of Ideas

Connecting through Interactivity

Three levels make up the fun, permanent interactive Hall of Ideas designed especially for toddlers through grade school students. This handicap-accessible space traces the spiraling evolution of civilization in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Advancing through each level, visitors learn about Michigan’s geological formation and early inhabitants, and explore the interconnection of science and art. Learn more…

Mazes and Brain Games Special Events


2 / 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Young Explorers
Color, Counting and Chameleons.
For ages 3 – 5

4 / 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Homeschooler Explorer Days
$10 per person / $5 museum members
Solid, Liquid, Gas and Slime, Oh My! Explore the states of matter and make your own bag of slime to take home!
Ages 6 – 8 / 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Ages 8 – 11 / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

11 / 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Girls ONLY! STEM Night
$5 per child – includes one free adult admission
Hear why women from across the region love their STEM-based careers, then explore in the Museum! Includes STEM activities and snacks. Space is limited; reservations required.
For girls ages 10 and up / Girls under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

25 / 4 – 8 PM
Chemistry is Out of This World
FREE with full museum admission.
Part of National Chemistry Week at Midland Center for the Arts Museum and Heritage Park.
For ages 4 and up

27 / 9 AM – 4 PM
Halloween Bash at the Museum
FREE with full museum admission
Come in costume and do some early trick or treating, watch our ghoulish science demonstrations, make fake snot & spooky spider art, and join our Monster Mash Dance Party!
For ages 13 and under

27 / 6 – 11 PM
Zombie Haunts – DANGER! Watch out for Zombies!
$7 per person / $4 Museum Members
Join us for a night of terrifying fun! Explore a ‘haunted’ Bradley Home and Herbert H. Dow Museum. Participate in the Living Dead Eating Contest at 8 PM, Toilet Paper Mummy Contest at 9 PM and line dancing at the Undead Dance Party at 10 PM
For ages 14 and up

28 / 1 – 5 PM
Little Zombies
$7 per person / $4 Museum members / Children under 3 FREE
The littlest zombies will explore the ‘haunted’ Bradley Home, get ghoulish in the Carriage House Hall with games, a photo station,and crafts.
For ages 13 & under


3 / 9 – 11 AM
Sensory Friendly Museum Morning
FREE with full museum admission
The museum will be open to families and visitors with special needs only and will include sensory friendly activities, quiet space, and snacks.
For all ages

6 / 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Young Explorers
$10 per person / $5 Museum members
Over and Under – All about Weather!
For ages 3 – 5

6 / 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Homeschool Explorers
$10 per person / $5 members
Oh Eye See! Can you really believe your eyes or are they playing tricks on you? Learn you our eyes perceive the world around us. Make your own optical illusions and explore the exhibition: Mazes & Brain Games.
Ages 6 – 8 / 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Ages 8 – 11 / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

30 / 7 – 11 PM
Late Night Party for Grown-Ups
$15 per person / $12 Museum Members
This late night event closes the Museum inside the Midland Center for the Arts to anyone under the age of 21 and lets the grown-ups enjoy all the features of The Museum and then some!
21+ only


2 / 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Young Exlorers
$10 per person / $5 Museum members
Shapes and Patterns!
For ages 3 – 5

2 / 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Homeschool Explorers
$10 per person / $5 Museum members
Yummy Science! It’s the science of candy! Build a STEM gum drop tower, blow up a balloon with Nerds and much more!
Ages 6 – 8 / 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Ages 8 – 11 / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

For Educators

Teacher Preview of Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs!
OCT 18 / 6 – 8 PM

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Other exhibitions on display in the Alden B. Dow Museum

The Bikeriders
Free exhibit in our Brick Lobby

SEP 15 – NOV 11

Danny Lyon’s gripping, and often candid shots of bikerider life provide an insider’s perspective into a unique American counterculture. Lyon’s style of intensive reportage, what we might call ’embedded’ today, was unconventional in its time, and part of the emerging ‘New Journalism’ of the 1960s and 70s.

This exhibition presents highlights from the Bikeriders portfolio that have been generously gifted by Sally Strauss and Andrew Tomback.

57th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

SEP 22 – NOV 4

One of the few remaining statewide visual arts competitions in Michigan provides a forum for the most recent developments by Michigan artists. The gallery spaces provide a dramatic stage for the display of contemporary work and are especially suited for the exhibition of large-scale works.

Opening Reception: SEP 22 / 7 – 9 PM

Learn more HERE

Thank You to our exhibit sponsors!