Exploration Stations

Exploration Stations

Free with museum admission

Exploration Stations is a 2,500 square-foot, interactive exhibit featuring five themed stations — space, construction, home, nature and transportation — connected to unique aspects of the City of Jackson and Jackson County. Young explorers can:
  • Join a space crew and complete tasks wearing thick astronaut-like gloves while learning about the sun, planets, and black holes
  • Explore the wheels of transportation on a car track, railway tables, a village floor mat with cars, trains, trucks, airplanes and more
  • Step into nature making leaf and animal track rubbings and be a forensic scientist with owl pellets, forest animal skeletons and more
  • Grab a fishing pole to catch and match Great Lakes fish, discover shells found in Michigan lakes and learn what songs local birds sing
  • Be a chef in a pretend kitchen and dress-up as a police officer, firefighter, doctor or nurse
  • Construct masterpieces with LEGO® and DUPLO ® bricks, Lincoln Logs and gigantic Blue Blocks
Both children and adults also will learn about local history with artifacts from the museum’s large artifact collection weaved throughout the exhibit’s stations. Along with Ella Sharp’s favorite recipes, artifacts include sculptures, toys and photographs on display at the museum for the first time.
This special exhibit is sponsored by the Charles Aymond Fund.

Exhibit Details:

Exhibit Location: Ella Sharp Museum

On View: May 7 – December 31, 2022

Gallery Hours

Monday-Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

Ella Sharp Museum is located in Ella Sharp Park.

Exploration Stations: It’s Hands-on Learning Disguised as Play!