Alden B. Dow Home & Studio
Alden B. Dow Home & Studio
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Mid-Century
Modern Midland

Experience Midland's rich architectural heritage in over 400 incredible structures — including the works of renowned architects from Alden B. Dow to Frances "Red" Warner and Jackson Hallett. Download the mobile app to track them all down!

Discover Arts + Cultural Gems
Midland

The core of arts and culture in the region — home to two performance venues, two museums, art studios, and more. Experience performances from concerts to comedy shows, theatre to dance — and bring little explorers to the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art for hands-on galleries and immersive exhibitions.

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Saginaw

One of the most authentic Japanese tea houses on the continent, offering a form of Traditional Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) dating back to 1600 A.D. See celebrants in traditional kimono perform the 400-year-old ritual of serving tea, and enjoy each peaceful moment.

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Midland

One of "25 Best Historic Homes in America" (Traditional Home, 2014) and a National Historic Landmark. Tour this mid-century modern masterpiece designed by Alden B. Dow, and catch unbelievable glimpses of the encompassing pond from the sunken-in Submarine Room.

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Step Inside Historic Theaters
Saginaw

Historic 1927 theater, home to the world's only Barton Butterfield Special organ in original condition. Experience everything from concerts to comedy shows, plays to films — and enjoy performances by the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and Saginaw Choral Society, especially during the holidays.

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Bay City

Built in 1908 as The Bijou Theatre, experience this Mayan-inspired jewel when you catch live music or comedy, a performance by The Bijou Orchestra, or classic holiday films during Sundays in the City.

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Enjoy Art Galleries + Creative Studios

Studio 23 / The Arts Center (Bay City) Sip 'N Swirl painting lessons paired with wine, hands-on workshops from watercolor to acrylics, plus artist lectures and gallery events. Pop in anytime to choose a project from the Craft Bar "menu" — instructions and supplies provided.

Gingerblue Gallery (Saginaw) Old Town art gallery tucked inside a historic landmark building, highlighting artists both local and global, with pieces available for purchase.

Painterly Pottery (Saginaw, Bay City) Paint-your-own pottery studio with 1,000+ unfinished ceramic pieces begging for a splash of color. Glass fusing to mosaics, let your creativity shine across many different mediums.

Space Studios (Midland) Pottery studio and store inside a modern gallery setting — complete with a glaze bar full of ready-to-paint pieces handcrafted by local potters.

Board & Brush Creative Studio (Saginaw) DIY & BYOB combine at these wood-sign-making workshops. Just book a class and bring your creativity... and a bottle of wine, if you'd like!

Creative 360 (Midland) Free art gallery and complete creative outlet, offering everything from art classes to dinner theater.

Peruse Impressive Art Museums
Saginaw

Stunning art museum inside a 1904 mansion, encased in Italianate gardens. Two award-winning modern wings, rotating exhibitions, and an expansive permanent collection of art with more than 2,000+ objects all make this a must-see!

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Saginaw

An astounding collection of more than 2,000 featured objects from the 70-year career of one of the most prolific sculptors of the 20th century. Pay special attention to the Sculptor's Studio — a replica of Fredericks' Royal Oak studio, featuring many of his original clay models, molds, and machinery.

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Temple Theatre

Experience the Performing Arts

Community Theaters (Multiple Cities) From one of the oldest community theaters in the country, Pit & Balcony, to Michigan's oldest continually operating community theater, Bay City Players, and the award-winning program of Center Stage Theatre — see performance art at its finest.

Symphony Orchestras
(Multiple Cities) Hear Midland Symphony Orchestra's ensemble of professional musicians at Midland Center for the Arts, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra's fully professional ensemble at The Temple Theatre, or The Bijou Orchestra at State Theatre of Bay City.

Choirs + More
(Multiple Cities) Listen to Center Stage Choirs or Saginaw Choral Society perform, or try White Crow Conservatory of Music for their annual concert series.

See History in a Unique Setting
Bay City

Naval ship museum aboard a National Historic Landmark — the U.S.S. Edson DD-946 destroyer — open daily for self-guided tours. Explore on your own, book a limited-availability tour with a former Edson crew member, or take a paranormal tour of this allegedly haunted warship, featured on the popular Destination America TV series, "Ghost Asylum".

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Saginaw

Expansive historical museum set inside an 1897 French chateau-style castle. Delve into the area's rich history — lumbering to automotive manufacturing and archaeology — and watch for a robust lineup of rotating exhibitions.

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Bay City City Hall

Dive Into More Museums + History

The Michigan Heroes Museum (Frankenmuth) The only museum dedicated solely to the wartime experiences of men and women from Michigan. Honor heroes who fought in America's foreign wars as you explore 140 displays, 700 exhibits, and the nation's largest Medal of Honor collection.

Antique Toy & Firehouse Museum (Bay City) 60+ motorized fire trucks — touted as the world's largest collection — and home to the world's largest and most famous firetruck, the FDNY Super Pumper. Browse more than 12,000 antique and collectible toys while here.

More Historical Museums (Multiple Cities) From the Frankenmuth Historical Association Museum to the Theodore Roethke Home Museum — enjoy places to immerse yourself in the rich history of this region.

Author
Blair Cook

A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!