Gain a richer appreciation for our lakeshore communities at these 10 museum and galleries. These places tell the stories of yesterday while also exhibiting the beauty of today and the promise of tomorrow.
Kruizenga Art Museum 271 Columbia Ave., Holland
The Kruizenga Art Museum (KAM) at Hope College displays artworks from a wide range of cultures and historical periods. The teaching museum aims to foster the qualities of empathy, tolerance and understanding to all of its visitors. This spring, two exhibitions are on display: “Drawing with Light: Mezzotint Prints from the Rossof Collection” (through June 26) and “Salvador Dali: Memories of Surrealism” (through April 17). To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the museum’s public viewing hours are limited. Visit the KAM’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Dekker Huis/Zeeland Historical Museum 37 E. Main Ave., Zeeland
The Dekker Huis, home to the Zeeland Historical Museum, was built in 1876 by Dirk Dekker, one of Zeeland’s prominent early residents and businessmen. Today, the house-turned-museum shares Zeeland’s past through permanent and temporary exhibits. Running until May 1, “Outbreak 1918-1920: The Zeeland Record Reports” tells the story of Zeeland’s experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic through the reporting eye of The Zeeland Record. This fall, the museum will display another new temporary exhibit featuring the history of local clock manufacturers and clock making in the community. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Tri-Cities Historical Museum 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum features exhibits on Native American culture, fur trading, lumbering and agriculture, and it contains a replica Victorian home and grocery store. The museum also offers rotating exhibits on local history. The “History of Highland Park” exhibit runs through May and explores the history of the summer resort neighborhood for the Midwest elite. On May 20, the museum will debut “Silent Films and Speakeasies: Entertainment in the Roaring Twenties,” which runs through Oct. 3. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and weekends, noon–5 p.m.
Gallery Uptown 201 Washington Ave., Suite 100, Grand Haven
Gallery Uptown is one of Michigan’s longest running artist cooperatives and it resides in a historic location on the corner of Washington Avenue and Second Street in downtown Grand Haven. The gallery features the work of 30 local artists in oils, acrylics, photos, clay, textiles, glass, wood, watercolor, drawing, jewelry, pastel, oil pastel and mixed media. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1–5 p.m. Gallery Uptown is closed on Mondays until May. Its Walburg Gallery hosts new artists and new work every month, so there’s always new reasons to visit.