Featured Events

Featured Events

Fall Ceramics

Class Options:

$200 or $175 for members.

This is a multi-week class for beginners through advanced. Beginner students can try out clay. More advanced students can fine-tune their skills. 

Art a Loan Exhibit Reception

Sunday, October 13

You’re invited to the opening reception of 2019 Art á Loan Exhibit that features work from young artists around Jackson County Community Schools. The opening reception will take plan on Sunday, October 13 from 1-2 p.m. at the Ella Sharp Museum.

Murder Mystery at the Museum: Rescue Mission in Space

October 26 @ 6:00pm – 9:00pm
$60 per person/$110 per couple
$55 per person/$100 per couple for members

Join us for another stimulating evening of fine dining and engrossing live theater as we host our second annual Mystery Dinner. In keeping with our year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Hurst Planetarium, our production this year will be “Rescue Mission in Space”, an exciting story of black holes, disappearing planets and lady heroes. Costumes encouraged.

First Friday: Day of the Dead Celebration

Friday, November 1
$10 per person or 2 for $15

Celebrate Mexico’s Day of the Dead Holiday by enjoying live music, food, drinks and traditional activities such as papel picado and viewing select pieces from the collection of former Jackson resident, Jesus Castillo. This event is part of our ‘First Fridays’ series. In 2019 experience the Ella Sharp Museum, Cell Block 7, and Peter F. Hurst Planetarium in new and exciting ways. Starting in March, every first Friday of the month will feature a unique event highlighting a special part of the museum in a different way.

Kavlie Fulldome Lecture Series

Saturday, November 2
$6 for adults / $4 for kids

Join the Hurst Planetarium for the next installment of the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series. This live, one-of-a-kind presentation is created by Adler Planetarium and will be “domecasted” to planetariums around the world. Last year we got to see the universe change on a human timescale. This year, presenters Dr. Laura Trouille and Dr. Chris Lintott will show us the many surprises that come along with cutting edge research. What’s it like to look for alien life? What’s with this weird cloud of gas between the galaxies? What can you do to help scientists find these unexpected discoveries? Join us to find out!

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Saturday, November 9
FREE

The staff of Ella Sharp Museum cordially invites Ella Volunteers to our annual volunteer appreciation. Please join us for an afternoon of thankfulness to all our wonderful volunteers. Food and fun for all. Please RSVP by November 1 to Michelle Mikolajczyk at membership@ellasharp.org or 517-787-2320.

An Afternoon at the Ella Sharp Museum – Girl Scout Open House

Saturday, November 16
$25 per scout / $10 per adult

Spend an afternoon at Ella Sharp and have the ultimate girl-lead experience! Girls will have the opportunity to choose which badges they earn or activities they participate in based on a wide offering. Girls can choose some or all of the following badges, Daisies- Space Science Explorer, Brownies- Space Science Adventurer, Inventor, Junior- Space Science Investigator, Playing the Past and Product Designer. Also spend some time exploring the museum viewing Girl Scout memorabilia and get some popcorn from the historic popcorn wagon. No matter what you do the adventure is up to you!

First Friday: Guest Lecture in the Hurst Planetarium

Friday, December 6
$10 per person or 2 for $15

Join Zachary Constan of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory on a virtual tour of this Michigan facility where scientists study the inner workings of atoms. This event is part of our ‘First Fridays’ series. In 2019 experience the Ella Sharp Museum, Cell Block 7, and Peter F. Hurst Planetarium in new and exciting ways. Starting in March, every first Friday of the month will feature a unique event highlighting a special part of the museum in a different way.