You don't have to be enrolled at Michigan State University to discover the diverse offerings campus provides. From Big 10 athletics, to world-class museums and gardens, visitors are encouraged to get out and explore!
Rediscover the wonders of the universe at Abrams Planetarium. The sky theatre features fantastic star shows produced by a computer graphics star projector. The planetarium also serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center.
W.J. Beal Botanical Garden
Beal Botanical Garden, founded in 1873, is the oldest continuously operated garden of this type in the United States. It includes over 2,700 species organized in economic, systematic, landscape and ecological groupings.
Beaumont Tower, gifted from John Beaumont, sits where Old College Hall (the first building erected for study of scientific agriculture) was built. When carillonneurs play noontime recitals on the 49-bell carillon, the tower is often open for visitors. Each July guest carillonneurs play 6 p.m. Wednesday recitals. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music.
Breslin Student Events Center
The 15,000-seat Breslin Student Events Center is mid-Michigan's premier concert venue. Home of the MSU Men's and Women's Spartan Basketball Teams, the Center hosts some of today's hottest touring acts. The Center's arena, auxiliary gyms and five private meeting spaces are available for rent and suitable for a wide range of events.
Michigan State University Athletics
There are few things to match the excitement of a Big Ten athletic contest at MSU. When it comes to seeing a football game, every seat in the 75,005-person capacity Spartan Stadium provides a great view. And when the Spartans aren't contending for a Big Ten title in football, you can catch them battling for supremacy in hockey, basketball and other sports.
MSU Bikes Service Center
Offers year-round bicycle rentals, sales and repair services to the campus community and visitors. A free 24-hour air station is also available outside the Center.
MSU Bug House
Did you know that a cricket's ears are on its knees? Or that a fly has taste buds on its feet? A visit to the Bug House will explain these fascinating facts and more. In addition to viewing the amazing pinned displays, get up close and personal with a whole room of creepy crawlers.
Michigan State University College of Music
The MSU College of Music presents a vast array of performances annually, including a variety of ensembles from small chamber groups to full-scale operatic productions. Over 300 recitals and concerts including the following series: artist faculty and guest artist; orchestra; band; jazz; choral and opera theatre; chamber music; and new music.
MSU Dairy Store
Kids of all ages will have a difficult time choosing between 32 flavors of ice cream and soda fountain favorites! A variety of award-winning cheeses is also available. Be sure to visit the observation deck overlooking the processing facilities to catch a glimpse of how cheese and ice cream products are produced.
Colts racing, beef calves frolicking, and the moos of dairy cows waiting to be milked are a few of the memorable sights to see when visiting the MSU Farms: beef cattle, dairy cattle, horse, poultry and sheep. Allow approximately 30 minutes for each farm.
MSU Horticulture Gardens
The MSU Horticulture Gardens are a family of three gardens: The 4-H Children's Garden is especially for children. The Demonstration Gardens include annuals, perennials and roses. Parking is available in the visitor lot on Bogue Street just south of Wilson Road. Just south of the gardens, Clarence E. Lewis Landscape Arboretum illustrates a variety of landscape design styles.
The MSU Museum has three floors of long-term and changing exhibits exploring natural history and culture. The museum store has a selection of books, jewelry ad educational toys. The museum also produces the Great Lakes Folk Festival in August. The MSU Museum is Michigan's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate.
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Wharton Center for Performing Arts is Michigan's largest performing arts venue with four unique stages on the campus of Michigan State University. Wharton Center presents the best Broadway shows such as Irving Berlin's White Christmas, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, 101 Dalmations, August: Osage County and Phantom of the Opera.