Featured Events

Featured Events

Science Wednesdays: Astronomy Updates

Every Wednesday @ 1:00 pm

Ella Sharp is excited to bring amazing science content to our visitors and followers every Wednesday at 1 PM over Facebook Live! Each week we will alternate between live Astronomy Updates and fun science activities that you can do from home.

Virtual Planetarium Shows

Sundays @ 3:00 pm
August 16 – December 20

Enjoy the wonders of the cosmos through our virtualized planetarium shows from your own home via Zoom. Each virtual show is offered at 3:00 p.m. every Sunday and includes a live night sky tour followed by one of our unique planetarium shows created at the Hurst Planetarium, all updated with new scientific discoveries and imagery!

Explore the Night: Night Hike & Guided Telescope Observing

August 20 @ 8:00 pm (SOLD OUT)
September 17 @ 7:30 pm (SOLD OUT)
October 15 @ 7:00 pm (SOLD OUT)
November 19 @ 6:00 pm

Join Ella Sharp Museum and the Dahlem Center for a wonderful night under the stars! Let’s explore and use our night senses! The goal for our night walk, led by Dahlem Naturalist Educator Carrie Benham, is to help people enjoy being outdoors after dark, help them feel safe, and share information about nocturnal animals, the senses they use at night, and how we can better develop our own senses and awareness of the dark. Afterwards, Ella Sharp Museum will be providing guided telescope observing with Planetarium Operator, Austin Edmister. We will be observing to view the planets and many other celestial wonders, and watching the stars come out. Telescope observing is dependent on clear skies and weather permitting. Recommended for ages 16+.

Toddler Tour

September 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am

It’s never too early to start visiting museums! Bring the little ones for a tour of our “Art a’ Loan” exhibit and accompanying activities and art project. This experience is specially designed for ages 2-5 with an adult. The program is approximately 45 minutes in duration and is limited to 10 families.

Virtual Night Sky Tours

Date & Time By Request

Experience the night sky from the comfort of your home or back yard! Ella Sharp Museum is offering virtual night sky tours. These tours will show you what’s currently in your night sky, when to look for it, and the easiest ways to observe. This is perfect for at home birthdays or any special occasion. Programming will be personalized for the guest of honor.

Art, Beer, and Wine Festival

Postponed Until Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Art, Beer, & Wine Festival, the museum’s signature event, showcases the many talented artists, musicians, wineries, breweries and local businesses available here in Michigan. Every year, the museum hosts over 40 local wineries / breweries / cider mills / distilleries, 50+ artists, 15 food vendors, and nearly 6,000 guests! Festival goers enjoy live music and artist booths nestled on the grounds of the Ella Sharp Museum and within the courtyard of the museum’s historic Hillside Farm Lane. All proceeds from the festival (including bottle wine and beer sales) benefit Museum programming.

Ella’s Patio Parties

Postponed Until 2021

Ella’s Patio Parties offer live music, food and drinks on the museum’s outdoor patio during the summer.