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:Before you head to Jackson, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Jackson road trip website , to make sure you see all that Jackson has to offer, including Ella Sharp Park.
-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.
Ella Sharp Park Reviews
It’s a fun and beautiful wooded course with reasonable pricing. Not too busy, family friendly, well-maintained, great flowers in the summer - a nice summer date night. more »
i have lived in vandercook lake michigan for five years and i always go to the park to play football and trail ride great park and buetiful nature more »
I grew up next to Ella Sharp park, and many times found myself taking trails and riding my bike around the park. It is a very nice place that has youth soccer fields, baseball fields, and the rotunda to just go relax and have lunch in. Definitely a nice place to sit and relax if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city even if it is right next to it! The park was very nice and clean. Very friendly people. The layout of the events was very organized. We were not able to see the balloons launched because of the weather but we were still entertained by the pilots. I feel the organization went out of their way to keep the crowd happy.
Lovely grounds. Peaceful to walk round and enjoy the outdoors. Lovely museum and the mini golf is great fun
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