The Ella Sharp Museum opened on October 3, 1965. With our 50th anniversary approaching the Museum is still meeting the challenge of bringing the visual arts and the area's history to visitors through exhibits, community festivals and outreach programs. At "The Ella", visitors have a full menu of great things to choose from:
-Six galleries of art and history including the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, the Jackson History Gallery, and three galleries featuring traveling and "in house" exhibitions.
-Ella Sharp's 19th century Hillside Farmhouse and Merriman-Sharp Interpretive Center.
-Other historic structures and exhibits including the Dibble One-Room Schoolhouse, Eli Stilson Log House, and Merriman-Sharp Tower Barn.
-A Donor Lounge currently featuring the painting Memorial by Philip C. Curtis. Other significant acquisitions to the Museum's permanent art collection will be featured here.
-A full slate of educational and entertaining programming including lectures, school out-reach, field trips, tours, gallery walks, community free events, and the popular Art & Wine Festival.
-Friends Gift Shop -- recently expanded and the perfect place to find a unique gift.
-A 3,000-square-foot Grand Community Room with adjacent patio and park view, catering kitchen, and stage to accommodate a variety of gatherings.
The Ella Sharp Museum is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
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Ella Sharp Museum Reviews
We go to Ella Sharp museum often for the changing art exhibits and for the patio parties in the summer. This time we went to see all the renovations they have made to the Hurst Planetarium. It was..... more »
Ella Sharp Museum is a beautiful venue to hold a meeting, a special event or to just wander the galleries, farm lane, tour Ella’s Farm House or view a Planetarium show. more »
I had my wedding reception at the Granary. The staff were fantastic, the museum was open to my guests which they loved, and they made sure our space was very well taken care of. Chelsea Melin was absolutely amazing and accommodated everything I needed for the day. They were even able to bring in my husbands favorite beer which he thoroughly enjoyed. Hands down the absolute best place to host an event. Thank you for everything.
I was fortunate to attend and photograph a wedding here this past weekend. The Staff of Ella Sharp, including Chelsea (Rental Coordinator) and front desk were simply flawless to work with and incredibly caring and professional. The décor and room were lovely and offered ample enough space for photography. I can only imagine the Museum proper is as top notch as the banquet facilities.
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