Community Events


Museum Murder Mystery: Rescue in Space

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 heroines. Tickets include dinner and entertainment,...

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Third Coast Conversations

Each of us has a story to share about water. Whether it's fishing in your hometown, learning to swim in one of the Great Lakes, or something much more personal, sacred, or functional, we want to hear it! Ella Sharp Museum is one of 18 organizations in the state to receive a "Third Coast Conversations" grant from the Michigan Humanities Council....

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Artist Lecture with Deb Hyde

Departing Tradition: Art Quilts by Deb Hyde on exhibit in the Hurst Gallery, now–October 7, 2018  Join artist Deb Hyde as she explores the history of quilting in the United States through the lens of her small family collection of quilts and how that...

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Midwinter Mixer

In 1912, Ella Sharp willed her property to the City of Jackson for residents to enjoy. In that spirit, please join us at the museum on February 2 to celebrate the halfway point from the winter solstice to the spring equinox. Enjoy a mix of activities-there's something for everyone. For Game of Thrones fans…ever wonder about the strange seasons...

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Sugaring & Shearing

Welcome Spring at the Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Sugaring & Shearing festival, held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from noon-4 p.m. Farm lane will be bustling with activities like sheep herding, sheep shearing, and traditional craftsmanship. Stop by the sugar bush for live sap-to-syrup demonstrations. All six galleries will be open with free admission, and all historical buildings...

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Art, Beer, and Wine Festival presented by County National Bank

Ella Sharp Museum welcomed a record-breaking crowd for the 14th annual Art, Beer, and Wine Festival presented by County National Bank. Almost six thousand people strolled through the museum campus enjoying great art, live music, delicious food, and of course the best that Michigan breweries and wineries have to offer. Kyle Liechty, festival director, noted that the turnout has quadrupled...

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