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Saginaw Art Museum

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There are cities that boast huge museums, chock-full of paintings by the old masters and fragments of earlier civilizations.  Saginaw is not one of those cities.  The Saginaw Art Museum is small, with only three rooms that house the permanent exhibits, and yet if you are looking for a place to kill an hour or two and also see some fine art, the Saginaw Art Museum fits the bill.

The Georgian Revival mansion that houses the museum was originally a private home.  The Ring House was designed by architect Charles Adams Platt for C.L. Ring and his wife, Elizabeth.  The museum came about as a result of the two Ring daughters purchasing the home and gardens later in life and donating them to the city of Saginaw for use as a museum.  The Saginaw Museum opened in 1948 and became the Saginaw Art Museum in 1967.  In 2004, two wings were added by architectural firm Platt Byard Dovell White to house a new exhibition area and an educational wing.

The permanent collection features a series of etchings by Charles Adams Platt, a number of oil paintings by European and American artists, many bronze sculptures, some artifacts from various cultures, and a gallery of modern art featuring pieces by Picasso and Dali.  In addtion to the permanent collection, the museum often hosts temporary exhibitions in one of the newer wings.  When we visited, the featured exhibit was “Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe”, which consisted of many photographs and pieces of pop art featuring Monroe.

The formal gardens to the rear of the museum were also originally designed and planted by Platt, though they seem to have been changed up a bit, judging from the description of the original at the museum web site.  However, they are still lovely and also house several pieces of sculpture.

There is a small gift shop in the front of the museum that offers books, t-shirts, jewelry, and some prints.  The facility is available for rent for special occasions, details at the web site.  Also at the web site are a list of museum policies, helpful if you are planning to sketch or photograph any of the works.

The Essentials

Saginaw Art Museum
1126 North Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48602
Phone: (989) 754-2491
http://www.saginawartmuseum.org

Admission:  $5.00 for adults and seniors, $3.00 for students (must have valid student ID), children 16 & under are free.  Admission to special exhibitions is extra.

Hours: Closed Mondays and holidays.  Open Tuesday and Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM.  Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM.  Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM.  Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM.

Seasonal:  No, open year-round.

Kid-friendly:  Yes, although children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Handicap accessible:  Yes, there is an elevator that gives access to the permanent collection, which is on the second floor.

Written by Rebecca

October 12th, 2008 at 5:16 pm