Featured Events

Pop-Up Ceramics Sale

Starting December 2

Come visit our Pop-Up Ceramics Boutique! For a limited time, Ella Sharp Museum Ceramic students will be selling one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces right in the Museum Gift Shop.

Winter Night Sky Tour & Auroras

December 3, 4, 10, & 11

Ever look up at the night sky and think to yourself, “wow, I wonder what’s out there.” Join us at the Hurst planetarium as we transform the dome into the winter sky. We’ll cover tips and tricks for getting around the night sky and things to look for as well. Best part is you won’t even need a telescope! Everything in this presentation can be done simply by looking up!

JCMHS Holiday Party

December 8

The Jackson County Michigan Historical Society and the Ella Sharp Museum invite you to their 2022 Holiday Party. Celebrate the season with an evening of special presentations, refreshments, awards and more!

Toddler Tour: Lars the Little Polar Bear

December 11

Explore the changing Arctic landscape with a curious little polar bear named Lars this winter! This show offers a charming story about the adventures of Lars and his friends and explores the habitats of their real-life counterparts in the Arctic. We’ll explore his Arctic home, meet new friends, and save some endangered whales – a perfect show to teach young children about nature, climate change, and a little astronomy. We will also have a hands-on craft specially designed for ages 2-5.

Holiday Candlelight Tour

December 14

Celebrate the holidays and traditions during a historical candlelit tour of the Ella Sharp Museum’s grounds. The evening includes a tour of the decorated Hillside Farmhouse.

Holiday Santa-Bration

December 17

An Afternoon of Holiday Crafts, Cocktails and Santa Claus. Join us for an afternoon with Santa Claus! Santa will be here to meet and mingle with the kids! Kids can enjoy a holiday make & take craft! For a small add-on charge ($7), adults can partake in a Holiday Mixology Presentation at 11:30 & 1:30. Enjoy a holiday cocktail and leave with the recipe to impress your friends! Cookies and mulled cider for everyone!

Cosmic Christmas Light Show

December 17-22 & 27-29

Our annual holiday light show is here! This year we are picking things up a notch with our new light show with updated graphics and sound track produced by the Longway Planetarium. This is a must not miss event for anyone looking for some holiday fun!

Holiday House Tours

December 19-22 & 27-29

Celebrate the holidays during a historical tour of inside Ella Sharp’s Hillside Farmhouse decorated with traditional Victorian trimmings.

Art, Beer, & Wine Festival

June 10, 2023

Mark your calendars and join your friends (and make new ones!) at Ella Sharp Museum’s 18th annual Art, Beer & Wine Festival. A favorite community tradition, we’ll showcase many of Michigan’s best wineries, breweries, cider mills and artists. Guests also will enjoy a tasty line-up of food vendors and trucks along with live music throughout the grounds and in our historic Hillside Farm Lane courtyard for a perfect summer day.