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Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit

Get Involved

Raven Hill has been chosen to host the national Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit August 11 to September 23, 2018. In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, a variety of water-related programs will be presented by Raven Hill and local water, history and arts organizations over the course of the six-week exhibit. The Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit is a chance to highlight, for the community-at-large, the importance of northern Michigan’s water as a natural resource to be treasured  for its historical and cultural importance. Be sure to mark your calendars.

There are countless ways to get involved at Raven Hill Discovery Center during Water/Ways. Get involved in one or more weekend events, including the Grand Opening, Alternative Boat Show & Community Mural Painting, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Open Air Concert and others. Hear speakers talk about SCUBA, the Titanic, rain gardens, canoeing the Great Lakes and more. Take a class or workshop and go home with a painted paddle or an Arashi garden flag. Come learn, create, grow and play. Make connections between science, history and the arts for yourself, your family and your friends. 


  • Mark your calendars. There are events for everyone at Raven Hill and throughout the community.

  • The Water/Ways Program Booklet contains detailed information about each Water/Ways event, including a schedule of events throughout the community, exhibit information, conservation information and a passport to fill out to be entered into a drawing of water-related prizes.

  • Create a fish to swim in the School of Fish Art exhibit at Raven Hill during the Water/Ways exhibit.

  • As part of the Smithsonian Water/Ways Project, the community is invited to participate in an Alternative Boat Show and Community Mural Painting. Display your unique and unusual boats: bring pedal boats, Amphicars, kayaks, canoes or other unique water vessels—large or small. Kids can build and show off their own cardboard boat or raft. At the same time, Artist Kelly Boyle will facilitate a community mural painting celebrating our water resources. Be sure to wear your paint clothes and plan to help paint and then don‛t forget to experience the Water/Ways exhibit itself, while you are here.

  • As part of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit, the community is invited to bring their families, along with lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy an open air concert at Raven Hill. The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will play Handel’s Water Music and other music in honor of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.