Central Michigan attractions

Gardens in Grand Rapids

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The 158-acre gardens feature impressive blooms and hulking works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and others. It is 5 miles east of downtown via I-196.
Museum in Grand Rapids

Gerald R Ford Museum

The downtown museum is dedicated to Michigan's only president. Ford stepped into the Oval Office after Richard Nixon and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace. It's a bizarre period in US history, an…
Museum in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Art Museum

The city's beyond-the-norm art museum fills a sun-drenched building with 19th- and 20th-century works. European and American masters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Richard Diebenkorn take pride of place. Free…
Museum in Lansing

Broad Art Museum

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid designed the wild-looking parallelogram of stainless steel and glass. It holds everything from Greek ceramics to Salvador Dali paintings. Much of the space is devoted to avant-garde exh…
Museum in Lansing

RE Olds Transportation Museum

The museum has a sweet collection of some 65 vintage cars that sit in the old Lansing City Bus Garage, including the first Oldsmobile, which was built in 1897. Note: they're not all on display at once, but rotate re…
Museum in Central Michigan

Gilmore Car Museum

North of Kalamazoo by Hwy 43, this museum complex offers 22 barns filled with 120 vintage autos, including 15 Rolls Royces dating back to a 1910 Silver Ghost.
Plaza in Grand Rapids

Rosa Parks Circle

Maya Lin – best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC – created this round plaza in the heart of downtown. In summer it hosts concerts and swing dancing; in winter it becomes a popular …
Museum in Grand Rapids

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Emerging local artists show works at UICA. You might see sculptures made from glitter-dipped fried chicken, or photos of vacant lots. Exhibitions change every three months or so. Though galleries spread over four fl…
Museum in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives

This little museum/shop is worth a peek. Exhibits change regularly, but pop in and you might see a photography show of boxers like native son Floyd Mayweather, plus displays of old cotton scales, hair oil and other …