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Must-See Museums Near Independence Commons

When you live near Lansing, Michigan, you’ll have plenty of time to visit some of the obvious places in town like the State Capitol building. Although the State Capitol is a stunningly beautiful building, Lansing is full of other spectacular places to visit, including many of the best museums in the state.  As a resident of HomeFirst™’s Independence Commons community, you’ll be right in the neighborhood to take advantage of all that Lansing has to offer, including these incredible museums:

Michigan State University Museum

Since 1857, the Michigan State University Museum has been one of Lansing’s finest museums. Here, you’ll be able to see anything from dinosaur fossils and cultural artifacts to special exhibitions of quilts from Southwest China, ornate hats, student protests at MSU. The Michigan State University is the first museum in the entire state of Michigan to become an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.!

The Michigan State University Museum does not have a mandatory admission fee, but a $5 donation to the museum is recommended for adult-aged visitors.

Michigan Historical Museum

When in Michigan’s state capital, why not learn more about the history of this wonderful state? The Michigan Historical Museum is home to tons of artifacts from many of the people, places, events, and industries that made the state what it is today. You’ll be able to see a piano played by Stevie Wonder, classic cars, recreations of homes and buildings you would have seen during particular eras of time, and so much more. There’s no better place to go to get into the Pure Michigan spirit!

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

The history of Michigan wouldn’t be complete without learning about its automotive history. Although many cars have been manufactured in Michigan, the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum is focused on the legacy of Ransom E. Olds, the man behind Oldsmobile. If you’re a fan of the History Channel show American Pickers, you may have seen this museum featured on an episode. The museum has a collection of over 60 vehicles ranging from a 1886 Oldsmobile Steam Carriage to a car from 2003. Any car enthusiast will love this museum!

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is home to a collection of art that was originally part of the Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University. You’ll be able to see a breathtaking collection that spans from the days of ancient Greece to the modern day. The building itself is a wonder to behold! Admission is almost always free, except for some occasional special events.
Being close to Lansing is just one of the great benefits living in Independence Commons has to offer. You’ll also be able to have plenty of fun right in the community with our basketball court, playground, nature trail, recreation area, and more. During the summer months, you’ll also be able to enjoy the community swimming pool! Don’t wait to join this amazing community! Take a look at some of the manufactured homes available in Independence Commons today!

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