Featured Events

Fall Ceramics

Starting September 19

Join us for our fall ceramics class to cultivate your creativity. This class is appropriate for students who wish to learn about pottery tools and how to utilize them. Beginners will learn the basics of pottery, established potters will learn new techniques . This class includes open studio time for the duration of the class.

Art à Loan Open House

October 2

Join us in celebrating the achievements of our 2022 Art à Loan students and the Jackson District Library’s Young Poets during our Art à Loan Open House! Artwork and poems can be viewed with no admission charge, professionally framed and hung throughout the hallways of the Ella Sharp Museum. We will have light refreshments available.

Spooky Space: Cosmic Connections to Halloween

October 2, 8, & 9

Would you like to meet the stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, ghosts and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae!

Member, Teacher, & Donor Appreciation Night

October 13

Join us for a fun evening with our new exhibit How People Make Things, planetarium shows, refreshments and unique demonstrations.

Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe

October 15 & 16

Is life out there? how would we know? What are the signs to look for? If you have ever wondered about life somewhere else in the universe, join us at the Hurst planetarium as we attempt to answer these questions.

Toddler Tour: Small Wonders – Special Exhibit

October 16

Giant colorful bugs! Take your kiddos into you into a hidden world never seen with an educator-led guided tour. Part art, part science, this larger-than-life-exhibition will inspire your natural curiosity to understand the form, function, and diversity of nature. From bees to moths and beetles (oh my!), all ages appreciate this world in a whole new way.

A Walk Through Jackson’s Past

October 19

Please join us for a guided tour through Jackson’s oldest cemetery, Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. You will hear about some of Jackson’s famous families and their stories including Ella Merriman Sharp, Austin Blair, William Sparks and some not as famous families such as Col. Christian Rath, Dr. Ira C. Backus and Lucy Thurman. This rich history will take us back to the first child born in Jackson that survived to adulthood, through the Civil War and the creation of the Cascades Falls. This is a physical walk on a dirt path, up and down hills. This program is intended for people ages 8 and above.

Ooky Spooky Light Show

October 22 & 23

Get ready for laser lights and musical pizzaz in the Hurst Planetarium! Enjoy 11 Halloween classics, including Ghost Busters, Monster Mash and Thriller, expertly choreographed with dancing lights and graphics across the dome. Great for ages 6 and older, it’s a best bet when it comes to Halloween fun in Jackson.

Volunteer Open House & Training

October 26

Regularly scheduled volunteer meetings are back every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Join us in our Community Room to learn more about upcoming exhibits, programs and special events coming to the Ella Sharp Museum. These informal meetings run for approximately 30-60 minutes. We’d love for interested friends and existing volunteers to be a part of the fun.

Explore the Night: Animals After Dark

October 27

See how the night sky looks through a nocturnal animal’s eyes! Yes, there is extreme importance to keeping the night dark – more than the pretty views of stars. It’s about preserving wilderness qualities animals and ecosystems depend on for survival. We’re sure you will walk away a nocturnal animal ambassador ready to bring the true beauty of night skies home to Jackson after this very enlightening evening.