FEB 9 – MAY 19

Explore the farthest corners of our vast universe and discover innovations that led to one of the greatest achievements of humankind: the exploration of SPACE! Learn how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the moon, and peered into the heart of our galaxy!

View scale replicas of rockets and space exploration artifacts. Climb into a flight simulator and dock with the International Space Station. Try your hand at using astronaut tools, including spacesuit gloves and a robotic arm. See meteorite specimens up close. And be sure to check out the new Creativity Corner for kids!

SPACE! is the new, interactive exhibition that takes visitors of all ages on a thrilling adventure that spans the cosmos!

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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Museum Hours

Winter/Spring 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

MON, MAR 25 / Open 9 AM – 4 PM for Spring Break
MON, APR 1 / Open 9 AM – 4 PM for Spring Break

Included with Admission

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…

SPACE! Special Events

FEB 9, 16, & 23
MAR 2, 9, 16, & 23
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. $10 | Members $5


FEB 14 / 5:30 – 6:30 PM

GIRLS ONLY! Join us for a fun night with STEM activities, food and chats with a awesome lady in a STEM career. This professional woman from within the community will share her personal story of the events in their life that inspired her to pursue their stem-based career and why she loves the work that they do.

For GIRLS ages 10 and up; ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required – $5 per girl.


FEB 21 / 4 – 8 PM

It’s National Engineering week and we have some building challenges for you! Help us construct the strongest bridge or a house that can withstand an earthquake. Make sure you stick around for the awesome physics demonstrations!

Included with museum admission for the day. FREE for members!


FEB 23 / 10 AM – 12 PM

Teachers and para-professionals are invited to join us for a special tour of the SPACE exhibit, hands-on activities and a drawing for a FREE planetarium visit to your school! This exhibit explores the concepts of the sun-Earth-moon relationship including seasons and moon phases, the solar system, constellations, the universe, manned space flight and much more! This is a FREE event.


MAR 5 /  10:30 – 11:30 AM & 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Let’s Talk About Art! You will learn all about the basics of art. Explore the art galleries during an educator led tour as you learn about the media artists use and uses of composition, color, perspective and more. During this session, you will have an opportunity to make a piece of art of your very own! Grade levels: Lower Elementary (Ages 6 – 8) 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM / Upper elementary (Ages 8 – 11) 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM $10 | Members $5

MAR 7 / 4 – 8 PM

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
Included with museum admission for the day. FREE for members!
Sponsored by: Horizon Bank, MLive Media Group, AT&T


MAR 25 – 29 / 9 AM – 4 PM

Blast off into space as you explore the planets in our solar system. Learn more about the sun & moon and how it affects live here on Earth as you journey through our newest exhibit, SPACE! Build a rocket and launch it high into the sky, design a habitat on another planet and much more!
Two Sessions Offered. Session One: Grades K – 1 / Session Two: Grades 2 – 5
 $185 Public | $170 Museum Members


APR 2 / 10:30 – 11:30 AM & 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Come take a walk through our Space exhibit in the Museum. On our journey you will discover new things about our solar system and the people who explore it. Astronauts! Then we will head to the studio where you can make and take home your own galaxy!
Grade levels: Lower Elementary (Ages 6 – 8) 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM / Upper elementary (Ages 8 – 11) 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
$10 | Members $5


APR 27 / 10 AM – 2 PM

Join area organizations to celebrate Earth Day with demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. The theme this year is “Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper.” The 14th Annual FREE Earth Day Expo at Midland Center for the Arts is co-sponsored by the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, American Chemical Society – Midland Section, and Midland Recyclers.


MAY 9 /  4 – 10 PM

Let’s enjoy the stars today for National Astronomy Week. Learn about different constellations, make a constellation tube, and enjoy a show in our portable planetarium. For an awesome astronomy experience also join us for some late night stargazing from 8 -10 PM. Included with museum admission for the day. FREE for members!

FAMILY STEM NIGHTs sponsored by: Horizon Bank, MLive Media Group, AT&T

For Educators

Teacher Preview of SPACE!
FEB 23 / 10 AM – 12 PM

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Other exhibitions on display in the Alden B. Dow Museum

KATHLEEN ELLIOT / Imaginary Botanicals
JAN 26 – APR 28

Artist Kathleen Elliot creates sculptures out of flame-worked and blown glass, using a vocabulary of botanical forms, including leaves, flowers, fruits and vines.
Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates

JAN 26 – APR 28

Showcasing the Glass Works of faculty members from the Flint Institute of Arts.

Thank You to our exhibit sponsors!

Special thanks to Saginaw Valley State University; NASA; Wayne State University; Michigan Science Center; Longway Planetarium at the Sloan Museum