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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

 

Following a few weeks of self-isolation, Michigan residents have mitigated the monotony by immersing themselves in assorted forms of the arts.

“Film festivals”  streamed into family rooms, unshelving forgotten books, consuming livestream concerts,  exploring museums via virtual tours, picking up paintbrushes and pens to master (or perhaps revive) an artistic talent .

All in all, the arts and humanities have soothed our spirits during the solitude of social distancing and staying home.

In light of this,Visit Muskegon would like to share some of our local art and entertainment venues, museums and attractions. Many are which are providing virtual entertainment by staying connected via social media. All of which are waiting to unlock their doors, or gates, and welcome you with open arms.

 
Within this article, you can click on the name of the business. A separate page will open to the Visit Muskegon directory with more information on this organization or venue.
 
We have tried to note any virtual and/or live tours, lessons, contests, classes, etc they may be offering. You will find a link to their Facebook pages making it easy for you to discover the above.
 
Also included are links to ticket sales, membership opportunities and anticipated event, opening and/or tour dates.
 
Please, pause to ponder how the arts and humanities are carrying us through this difficult time. And how these venues are going to need us, more than ever, once their doors are allowed to reopen.

 

arts and entertainment

Art Cats Gallery
Currently offering an online sale with portion of sales being donated to Every Woman’s Place, Inc.
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Event Information
Gift Cards

Block, The
Sharing previous performances on their YouTube and Facebook pages for you to stream at home.
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Event Information
Season Tickets

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp has begun a series of free mini-music lessons via their YouTube and Facebook pages.
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Event Information
Sponsorship Opportunities

Book Nook and Java Shop
Join a “Bring Your Own Novel” online book discussion or the Book Nook Writers Group with the Book Nook and Java Shop.
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Event Information
Gift Cards

Frauenthal Center and Beardsley Theater
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Event Information
Sponsorship Opportunities

Muskegon Civic Theater 

Founded in 1985 and presenting nearly 10 theatrical performances throughout the year. One of these performances annually includes a “Penguin Project” show. This production provides children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Muskegon Civic Theater also offers classes at their Performing Arts School.
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Event Information
Season Tickets
Donate to The Penguin Project

Muskegon County Fairgrounds
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Event Information
Sponsorship Opportunities

Nuveen Community Center for the Arts
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Event Information
Membership Information

Playhouse at White Lake, The
Presenting Playhouse Players of the Past performing short skits via their YouTube and Facebook page.
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Event Information
Sponsorship Opportunities 

City Center Arts Muskegon
Take a virtual tour of City Center Arts Muskegon
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Event Information
Membership Information

Hackley Public Library
Offering several free online events, including story times, a “Mini Spring Challenge“, “Left to Write” creative writing prompts and behind the scenes tours of the library. We particularly loved the peek inside the book cases in the book stacks! You can also enjoy free digital resources with your Hackley Library Card including access to eBooks, audio-books, movies, music and more. Really, it’s all FREE! They even have a Fun and Games page with fun activities, virtual tours and more.
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Event Information
Friends of HPL Membership Information
Hackley Library Digital Resources

West Michigan Symphony
Check the West Michigan Symphony’s YouTube and Facebook pages as they share various concert and audio clips. There are also special “lockdown” performances from WMS musicians being posted.
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Event Information
Season Tickets

 

attractions

Aquastar Cruises
Cruises scheduled to begin on May 1, 2020.
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Cruise Schedule
Gift Cards

Century Club Shops on Western
Check their Facebook page; It is very active with online specials and how to purchase gift certificates to the retail shops.
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Event Information

Lakeside Business District
Show some extra love to the Lakeside Businesses who just survived the construction of Lakeshore Dr only to be hit with the COVID19 closures.
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Event Information

Lewis Adventure Farm and Zoo
Join their “Virtual Easter Egg Hunt” on their Facebook Page!
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Event Information
Season Pass Information

Michigans Adventure
Parks scheduled to open on May 22, 2020 – including the brand new “Camp Snoopy”! Check their Facebook page for fun downloadable Peanut’s activities.
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Event Information
Season Pass Information

Muskegon Farmers Market
Watch the Muskegon Farmers Market Facebook page for updates on opening day.
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Become a Friend of the Market

Muskegon Luge & Adventure Sports Park
Zipline Opening May 20th!
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Event Information
Sponsorship Opportunities

Northway Lanes 
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Specials and Coupons

Western Market
Check their Facebook page; It is very active with online specials and how to purchase gift certificates to their shops.
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Event Information

(Full List of Muskegon County Attractions)

 

museums

Fire Barn Museum
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Tour Information
Membership Information

Hackley & Hume Historic Site
Tours scheduled to begin on May 1st. Free admission for Moms on Mothers Day and for Muskegon County residents on May 23rd. Until then, check out their Facebook page for their new online series: Explore an Artifact! Every day a new post will showcase one unique item from the Museum’s collection; and the fascinating story behind it!
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Tour Information
Membership Information

Holton Museum

James Jackson Museum of African American History
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Event Information

Lakeshore Museum Center
The Lakeshore Museum Center offers a full page on their website of “Museum At Home Activities”. Follow their Facebook page for the really fun video series “Museums at Home” in which staff members share their personal home collections. (We love it!)
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Event Information
Membership Information

Montague Museum
Tour Information

Muskegon Heritage Museum
The museum is scheduled to open on May 13, 2020. Until then, you must A, B, SEE the “A B C Facebook Series” sharing an interesting piece from their collection daily, in alphabetical order.
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Tour Information
Membership Information

Muskegon Museum of Art

Muskegon Museum of Art
Even though the museum is temporarily closed, you can still enjoy the Muskegon Museum of Art through Facebook, Instagram and their website. The staff has been hard at work putting volumes of content and activities online. These include a virtual preview tour of three galleries and this summer’s upcoming exhibitions. Or, get a gander at the amusing “Muskegon Museum of Art Selfie Challenge Images” and test your art knowledge via the “MMA Trivia Series”; both on their Facebook page.
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Event Information
Membership Information

S.S. Milwaukee Clipper
Check out the new YouTube page for the Clipper and follow their new daily Facebook series “Clipper News”
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Tour Information 

Scolnik House of Depression Era
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Tour Information
Membership Information

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum
Opens for tours on May 9, 2020. Some of our favorite events are “Movies on the Deck” and “Yoga on the Deck” (Where else can you do that!)
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Event Information
Membership Information

USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Open year round for tours and special events.
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Event Information
Membership Information

White River Light Station Museum
Tours begin on May 22, 2020. Watch for concerts and yoga sessions on the lighthouse lawn, overlooking the White Lake Channel.
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Tour Information
Membership Information

 

Don’t forget our signature events and festivals!

Find them here >  Signature Events and Festivals

Find all the events to look forward to in 2020 and virtual events to take part in now:  Click Here >  Visit Muskegon Calendar of FUN