28049 Wixom Rd.
Wixom, MI 48393
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Arts & Museums
If you like things that zoom, this is worth the trip to Novi. Located in the Novi Expo Center, this museum has a fascinating collection of race vehicles. The Hall of Fame has several motor sports categories including air racing, motorcycling, boating and various car racing areas. Driving simulators and other games, slot cars and racing videos are part of the experience of total immersion in racing. It's a unique museum in that it covers so many types of racing vehicles.
Founded in 1984, the Holocaust Memorial Center was the first institution in the United States to offer exhibits about the Nazi extermination of six million Jews in Europe during World War II. It's an eye-opening and breathtaking museum, offering a wide range of information and raising important questions about history. True to their slogan they are illuminating the past and enlightening the future.
The Plymouth Historical Museum opened its doors to public in 1976. Located in downtown Plymouth, the museum chronicles the history of the town, highlighting its industrial progress and growth in the Victorian era and how it has molded present-day Plymouth. Featuring many interesting exhibits that include a recreation of the Main Street in the 19th Century and the famous Lincoln collection, which is said to be one of the largest Lincoln collections in the country, the museum makes for a great visit. The facility is spread over 26000 square feet (2415 square meters) land, also features a museum store, meeting area, a library and archives. Also worth mentioning is the 37A size, giant shoe of the Guinness Record Holder, Robert Wadlow who towered 8.9 feet (2.72 meters).
Founded by Marvin Yagoda, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum features vintage mechanical games that Yogoda has been collecting since the 1960s. These coin-operated machines, oddities, and objects procured from fairgrounds and sideshows delight the visitor and some other machines are custom made and can be found only here. It is truly a fascinating place to spend some time (don't forget to bring quarters!); indeed, it made The World Almanac's top 100 list of strangest museums in the United States.
Hamburg Historical Museum, as the name suggests, is a walk down the memory lane of the city of Hamburg. The displays and exhibitions here all have some relevance to the history of the city. Some of the attractions which represent the history of Hamburg such as a permanent train display are permanent in nature. There are also a number of temporary exhibits, showing the varied nature of the clothing and textile industry which change every two months. There is a tea room available within the premises of the museum which is used for private events.
Located on Plymouth Road is a privately owned Italian American Historical Artistic Museum that displays works of Silvio Luigi Barile, a World War II survivor. Filled with sculptures and statues that Barile has painstakingly made himself, the museum is located right behind his bakery. Featuring a lot of artwork inspired by Silvio's Italian heritage, it makes for an interesting visit.
One of the area's most prestigious avant-garde art museums, Cranbrook Art Museum features acclaimed contemporary painters, sculptors, promising new artists who display challenging and cutting-edge exhibitions. The museum's permanent collection highlights the accomplishments of decades of Cranbrook graduates from many different mediums. This is a popular gathering spot for local artists and art critics and is the center of a vibrant artistic community.
The Creative Arts Center in Pontiac offers classes for locals to become artists, and also has an on-site gallery that exhibits local and national artists alike. The arts center also hosts various events through out the year. Call or check out the website for the current exhibits, upcoming class schedules, and more!
The original settlers of Oakland County did not know about mass production yet, so the artifacts found at the Pioneer Museum are authentic and hand-made. The collection, found in the lower level of the Carriage House, is made of tools and other objects from the 19th Century to the early 20th Century. Please call ahead for tour schedules.
This exhibition displays clothing from the 1800s to the early 1900s, along with military wear from Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Please call or see website for more information.
Once the former residence and masterpiece of the Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen and his wife Loja, this stunning home is now open to the public for tours. Completed in the fall of 1930, the Saarinen House cost over USD140,000 to build, compared to the average USD6,000 of the time in Detroit. This brick and stone home features gorgeous textiles done by Loja herself, original artwork by their daughter and beautiful landscaping. Visitors can partake in guided tours from May through October. Visit the website for more details.
Well-known for its observatory, planetarium and laser light shows, the well-respected Cranbrook Institute of Science imparts natural history and science education in creative ways that blend old and new approaches. Outdoor activities, including eclipse viewing and maple tree tapping, are frequent. The institute features magnificent exhibits exploring the diversity of dinosaurs and its origin. There are various programs, lectures and camps held here as well.