Exhibits

Museum Galleries

The museum’s seven galleries feature changing art, science, and history exhibits, permanent exhibits of Jackson History, wildlife art, and a clock collection.


Current Exhibits

The Magnificent Obsession: Celebrating 15 years of the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art

May 8, 2021 – 2022

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, The Magnificent Obsession introduces visitors to wildlife art collectors Andy and Sandy Andrews, while exploring how art, hunting, and conservation connect.

Barns: Preserving Agricultural Heritage

On view through July 25, 2021

Through artwork, historical preservation, and multi-generational farmers, Barns is an exhibition that highlights the unique beauty and history of our lands agricultural icons.

Jackson & The Roaring 20s

On view through December 30, 2021

The 1920s was a decade driven by prosperity, shifting social norm, and new technology. This exhibit explores some of the major individuals and events which made Jackson, Michigan roar during the 1920s. The exhibit was developed by Ella Sharp Museum as a supplement to the traveling exhibit Spirited: Prohibition in America. 

Outdoor Sculptures

On view year-round

Walk the museum grounds and explore our outdoor sculptures on the campus of Ella Sharp Museum.

Art a’ Loan

On View in Jackson County through 2021

The Art a’ Loan program is designed to encourage young artists to share their talent with the Jackson Community. Artwork from students in K-12 are selected by a committee, professionally framed, and displayed each year during the month of September. Following the exhibit, the artworks are rented and displayed in public locations around Jackson for one year. Artwork, artists, and location information can be found on the Art a’ Loan page.

Lynne A. Loftis Jackson History Gallery

Semi-Permanent Exhibit

Jackson’s rich past is celebrated and explored in the Lynne A Loftis Jackson History gallery. See the start of “Jacksonopolis”, the community started in 1829. Learn about Jackson’s role in manufacturing, the railroad industry, state corrections, and the formation of the Republican party. View products that were made in our city, from Sparton radios, corsets, to automobiles. There’s much to learn about Jackson and the best place to start is here.

Never Enough Time Gallery

Semi-Permanent Exhibit

Allen Spiess Jr., a local collector, provided funds to construct and furnish the Never Enough Time gallery space. Al is pleased to have the Ella in the Jackson community so that visitors can enjoy his collections and the collections of others. He hopes this will inspire others to donate or lend their collections to the Ella Sharp Museum for all to enjoy!