Showing posts with label Museum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Museum. Show all posts

Monday, January 11, 2021

Get Out of Your House and Have Some Safe, Free Fun by Visiting the DIA

Photo from the DIA's Facebook Page

By now, we are all getting a little tired of staying at home. For most of us, it has been months of being in our homes, working from home, and only seeing a few select people from time to time. Sure, jigsaw puzzles, binging shows on Netflix, and going for walks is fun, but we are all itching for something different to do. 

Well, did you know that you can spice up your routine by going to the DIA? The Detroit Institute of Arts is in fact open to the public. Plus, if you are low on cash, it is still free to get in, as long as you live in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb County. Although it is free, reservations are currently required to visit the museum. Capacity is limited, so some days, reservations fill up in advance, especially for the weekend. So, if you're planning to attend, go online ahead of time, pick the date that you are interested in visiting, and make your reservations. If you plan to go during the week, chances are you will be able to make a reservation the day of, but those weekends fill up quickly! 

The DIA is currently open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday and Friday, the 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. time slot is reserved for high-risk patrons. Face masks are required at all times while visiting the DIA, and your temperature will be checked at the door. Also, the café and coat check are currently closed, no large bags are permitted, and only credit and debit cards are accepted for any purchases that you make. And of course, everyone is expected to practice social distancing while at the DIA. 

To go over the DIA's full COVID-19 protocol, click here. To make your reservation to visit the DIA, click here. Make sure you also head over and follow the DIA on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop on updates and virtual experiences. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Check Out the Michigan Science Center for FREE on Saturday!

Here in Detroit we are lucky enough to have some great museums. There's the DIA, Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit Historical Museum, The Henry Ford, Hitsville, MOCAD, and the list goes on and on. Well this weekend you have a chance to check out one of the most popular museums in town for FREE, the Michigan Science Center.

This Saturday, June 20th is Ford Free Family Day at the Science Center. That's right, general admission to the museum is completely free this Saturday thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund. Guests can check out all of the great regular displays and hands on exhibits from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can also check out the brand new Robot Lab that is opening at the MiSci Center. In conjunction with this great opportunity for the public, the Science Center is also celebrating teachers on Saturday. Guests can show their appreciation for their favorite teacher by drawing a picture or making a card. As an added bonus, teachers that visit the museum on Saturday will get a gift and can enter to win a field trip for their class next year.

The Michigan Science Center is a great place to visit for both children and adults. Why not take advantage of this chance to check it out for free? For more information on Ford Free Family Day, click here. The Michigan Science Center is located in Detroit at 5020 John R.


Friday, January 2, 2015

One of the Most Bizarre & Marvelous Places in Metro Detroit - Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

If you are ever in the mood to do something out of the ordinary, you have to head to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. Located in Farmington Hills, this place is packed full of coin operated games and machines that will entertain you for hours on end. Although there are quite a few pinball machines and arcade favorites, Marvin's does not pride itself on Pac Man and Galaga. Instead, it houses fortune telling machines, movie viewers, and animated statues from over 100 years ago. The place is covered from top to bottom with amazing things to feast your eyes on.

The museum first was opened in 1990, which is probably around the first time that I ventured to this marvelous place with my dad and mom. We frequented it during my childhood, but then it was probably about 10 years before I headed back to the museum. Some things had changed, more machines were added, but most of my old favorites are still there and the museum is just as awe inspiring and entertaining as an adult as when I was a kid. With a cup full of quarters, you can spend hours there and still not play every machine. Some of my favorites to hit are the fortune tellers, new and old with some even made exclusively for Marvin's, the caged dog
(although I usually make whoever I'm with try this one because I'm still too chicken) and all of the animated figures. There are numerous machines with bizarre scenes, with figures decapitating others or even some that pick their nose. It's always a blast to throw a coin in and see just what will happen.

Over the years Marvin's has gained quite the fan base and has received a lot of notoriety. It has been ranked amongst the top 100 most unusual museums in the US and it was even featured on the History Channel. Click here to check that video out!

If you didn't know this amazing place is right in your backyard, I highly suggest you take a trip there as soon as you can! Admission is free, so all you have to bring is some money to play. Whether you are taking your kids, going with friends, or looking for a different date spot, I guarantee you will have a blast. Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is located at 31005 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. They are open 7 days a week and can even be rented out for birthday parties and events. Make sure you head over and "like" Marvin's on Facebook here. They always have fun posts and they even run a weekly special that will get you a free popcorn and slushie from the snack bar if your first name makes it on their board! Get ready to be mesmerized, shocked, and entertained at this Metro Detroit treasure!