Second Saturdays at the Museum

Venue: Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan
Location: Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan
Address: 702 West Kalamazoo Street Lansing, MI
Times: From: 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Admission: Free
(517) 420-1342
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Second Saturdays for Families

Location: First Floor Time Lab, Michigan History Museum, Lansing
Time: Drop-in, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ages: 5 - Adult

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and History may be taught separately in schools, but they are really not so different after all. Science meets our human past in this series of Second Saturdays for Families programs. Each month, explore an exciting historical topic from our exhibits paired with a hands-on experiment or project. All supplies are provided and you get to take your project home.

Adults and kids will love these creative hands-on activities:

  • March 9 - Build A Bridge
    Have you ever driven across the Mackinac Bridge and wondered how it was built? It was an amazing feat of engineering. Join us in testing several bridge designs before exploring the history of the Mackinac Bridge in our Upper Peninsula Gallery.
  • April 13 - How Sound Travels
    Cruising down a Michigan road with the radio on is fantastic, but did you know radio used to be the main form of entertainment for Michiganders? Explore our 1930s bungalow exhibit to discover the importance of radio. Then, dive into the science behind it with your own sound wave experiments.
  • May 11 - Say Yes! To Michigan Day
  • June 8 - Mid-Century Toys
    Get groovy as you explore density and states of matter by creating your own lava lamp. Afterward, check out other mid-century toys and gadgets in our 1950s Gallery.
  • July 13 - Barbara J. Brown Family History Day
  • August 10 - Movies and Optical Illusions
    Explore our 1920s exhibit to see examples of cinematic history that impressed Michiganders of the past. Find out about the technology behind early films and create your own zoetrope to see how optical illusions can trick your brain.

Each Second Saturdays for Families program is included with museum admission. You can get free museum admission on Second Saturdays - and receive lots of other benefits - when you become a Michigan History Center member.

The Michigan History Museum—flagship of the Michigan History Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan History Museum visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 03/07/2019

Location: 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Michigan History Museum and Archives of Michigan, MI
Phone: (517) 420-1342
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free

Second Saturdays at the Museum