MSU MUSEUM REOPENING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 7
After a year and a half closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the MSU Museum will reopen on Tuesday, September 7 with new leadership.
Devon Akmon was appointed as the director of the MSU Museum on July 1. In addition to his role as MSU Museum director, Akmon is the director of MSU’s Science Gallery Detroit. Science Gallery has joined the MSU Museum as programmatic division aimed at experimentation and innovation at the intersection of science and art. Science Gallery’s fall exhibits and programs will take place at the MSU Museum, various locations across campus, and downtown East Lansing.
“I am honored to lead the MSU Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian and an institution accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, into the future,” remarks Devon Akmon. “I credit my journey as a museum professional to as far back as its beginning as a student employee of this museum two decades ago. I’m excited to return and work with the staff and campus community as we envision a bold future for this vital institution.”
Akmon brings a strong background in museum leadership to the MSU Museum. Before coming to Science Gallery Detroit, Akmon served as a senior consultant with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he served as the second director of the Arab American National Museum, or AANM, in Detroit. Akmon also oversaw the physical expansion of the museum with the creation of the Annex, a new community arts space immediately adjacent to the museum, and an artist-in-residency unit in the neighboring City Hall Artspace Lofts. Under his leadership, the AANM was named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.
Plan your visit to the MSU Museum! Starting Tuesday, September 7, the MSU Museum will welcome visitors Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with closures on Sunday and Monday. Free, timed-entry tickets are required, and can be reserved online beginning in September.
Michigan State University Museum
The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. The museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits. The museum is located on 409 West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. Visitor parking is available at metered spaces at the Grand River Ramp, one block away at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 or see museum.msu.edu.
Founded in 2018, Michigan State University’s Science Gallery works with young adults to ignite creativity and discovery at the intersections of science, technology, art, and design. MSU’s Science Gallery is our nation’s first member of the prestigious, international Science Gallery Network. The university-linked Science Gallery Network consists of nine locations worldwide: Dublin, London, Venice, Bengaluru, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Detroit, Atlanta, and Berlin. In 2021, Science Gallery became a programmatic division of the MSU Museum aimed at experimentation and innovation at the intersection of science and art.