The Ella Sharp Museum was saddened to hear of the passing of Konstantin Prokos. A painter and poet, Prokos made important contributions to the arts in Michigan and beyond. He was a longtime supporter of the museum, participating in several art exhibitions. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. The museum is currently hosting a solo exhibition of Prokos’ paintings, entitled Image as Idea. We are honored to share his work and will be extending Image as Idea until March 3. Read Kon's obituary here

Welcome to Ella Sharp Museum!

The Ella Sharp Museum opened in 1965 in the 19th century home of Ella Merriman-Sharp. Ella willed her 530-acre property to the city of Jackson in 1912, with the understanding that a park and museum be developed for all to enjoy.

The Hadwin Center connects seven galleries, which feature changing exhibits of art and Jackson history, and hands-on children’s activities in the galleries. In addition to touring the elegantly furnished Victorian home, visitors to the Museum may visit a one-room schoolhouse, an authentic log cabin, and other historical buildings.



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10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


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Adults $5/ Museum members free
Children 5-12 years old $3
Under 5 years free

House Tours at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Adults $3/ Museum members free
Children 5-12 years old $2
Under 5 years free

Planetarium Show

Adults $6/ Museum members $4
Children 5-12 years old $4
Under 5 years free

Midwinter Mixer

In the spirit of Ella Sharp herself, please join us at the museum on February 2 to celebrate the halfway point from the winter solstice to the spring equinox. Enjoy a mix of activities-there's something for everyone. Dive into a different world with Hurst Planetarium! Live music and snowshoes will fill Farm Lane as you enjoy Vito’s Espresso, cash bar, bonfires, dog sledding, and more.