MSU Museum

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Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State's Peter Whorf and MSU professor Marsha MacDowell discuss the art of Chinese Quilts at the MSU Museum.

postcard of the Edmund Fitzgerald
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On the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Current State tours the Michigan State Museum's photo exhibit 'Iron Hulls,' which explores the life of Great Lakes sailors. 

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A new MSU photography exhibit looks at Great Lakes ships from the inside. Current State's Peter Whorf visits the "Iron Hulls and Turbulent Waters" exhibition at the MSU Museum.

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The parking lot in front of the MSU Museum has disappeared. In its place, there are steam shovels, enormous piles of dirt and a deep, deep hole. Workers are in the midst of an ongoing project to maintain the university’s extensive steam tunnel system.

The stories fossils can tell

May 1, 2014
Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Kids go crazy about dinosaur fossils at the museum. Most of us grow out of that dinosaur phase, and those dinosaurs become reminders that we are turning into fossils, at least to our kids. But fossils are much more than just old bones. They can tell stories about where we came from, and about our planet’s history.

MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble'

Apr 3, 2014
Flickr - Alexandra MacKenzie

A new exhibit at the MSU Museum focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. “Turtles in Trouble” is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide.

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The exhibit Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: A Photographic Contrast is currently on display at the Michigan State University Museum. The show presents a comparison of the images of Pierre Verger, the French photojournalist who immersed himself in the lives, customs, and beliefs of the people of Dahomey, now Benin, West Africa.

MSU Museum photos capture modern workers

Sep 17, 2013
Gilles Perrin

The MSU Museum has two new photo exhibitions that display the work life of people around the globe. One is called “An Extraordinary Document of Our World” and  the other is called “Detroit Resurgent.” The Detroit project will be turned into a book by the MSU Press next year. 

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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the U.S. Civil War.  The MSU Museum is observing Michigan's involvement in the conflict between North and South.   Roger Rosentreter, professor of history at Michigan State University, discusses the exhibit, "Michigan and the Civil War."

MSU Museum invites public to build exhibit

May 28, 2013
Courtesy of MSU


  The MSU Museum used social media to help build its new exhibit VOICE. The exhibit focuses on the words sing, roar, cry, whisper, persuade, and converse.


Each word has its own display filled with items and selected by the public. WKAR's Emanuele Berry stopped by VOICE to speak with MSU Museum Education Specialist and Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, Mary Worral.