Mars: Astronomy and Culture – Now Open!

The planet Mars has fascinated humanity since early in human history. The Chinese observed it before 1000 BCE. The Egyptians knew of the red planet as well, and the Neo-Babylonian Empire was aware of it by the sixth century BCE. Mars enthralls us even more now because it is the only planet in the solar system that could support human life.

Beginning in the mid-1600s, scientists first created astronomical drawings of Mars. With the recent discoveries of the Curiosity rover and continued popularity of science fiction film and literature, people all over the world are engaged with the exploration and popular culture of Mars.

Mars: Astronomy and Culture brings together photographs, drawings, movie posters, book covers, and video projections and connects the recent scientific images of Mars to the entire history of photography of the red planet. Crucially, it shows the impact of Mars on popular culture even before the 20th century.

Mars: Astronomy and Culture is presented by the Holland Museum in partnership with the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College, and Grand Valley State University Art Gallery.

This exhibition was curated by Pasadena Arts Council for the Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. It is a project of the Pasadena Arts Councils EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Holland Museum

The Holland Museum tells the story of Holland, Michigan, from its founding by Dutch immigrants to today’s innovative, successful, and diverse community. Featuring thousands of fascinating historic objects, the Permanent Galleries are not to be missed. Also on display are the Dutch Galleries, featuring artwork from the Netherlands from the 1600s through the 1900s.

Admission
$7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, and $4.00 for students. Holland Museum members and children ages five and under are free.

Hours
Monday: Open every second Monday starting July 9: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. FREE Admission!  Please view our calendar to check Monday’s we are open.
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday (mid-May-September only): 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Spark!Lab Hours
Monday:             Open the 2nd Monday of each month, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday:             Closed
Wednesday:      12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday:           12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday:                12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday:           11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed in observance of these holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018: Closed.
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018: Closed
Christmas Day, December 25, 2018: Closed
New Years Eve, December 31, 2018: Closed
New Years Day, January 1, 2019: Closed

Accessibility
The Museum has a handicapped accessible entrance on the east side of the building next to the circle drive. To access the building, please press the button to the right of the door and the front desk will buzz visitors in. Take the elevator from the ground floor (G) to the first level (1L) and you will arrive behind the reception desk. There is also a wheelchair available for patron use. Each level of the museum is handicapped accessible, as are the restrooms. If you have any specific needs, please call the front desk at (616) 796-3329.

Parking
The Holland Museum is located at the corner of 10th Street and River Avenue, across from Centennial Park. Please use the parking lot behind the museum on 9th Street or street parking is available along 10th Street. Handicap accessibility is available from the east side of building.

Blue Star Museum
We are a Blue Star Museum and offer free admission to active military and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

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