Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is a FREE and open to the public museum which features a unique collection of more than two thousand objects that span the 70-year career of Detroit-based public sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks (1908-1998). He is known nationally and internationally for his impressive monumental figurative sculpture, public memorials, fountains, portraits, and medals.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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lawtonjl2002
Norwich, NY430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
As part of a bus tour we stopped at this museum. We had no expectations but came out with so much knowledge about Fredericks sculptures, the sculpting process and so much more. We were fortunate to have a guide but displays explain everything thoroughly too. Actually was able to see the actual piece of work in downtown Detroit days later
Written September 26, 2022
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PurpleAnkh
Fort Washington, MD260 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Solo
Awesome open space with a lot of really cool sculptures. One of the sculptures was two stories high and I found it absolutely fascinating. It was a depiction of the crucifixion of Christ and there was also a nail represented as well. I loved the fact that the studio was included in the space as a way to help viewers understand how the different sculptures were created from conceptualization to models to massive structures. I also loved the dragon. I enjoyed the information included with the sculptures that included the weight of some of the items. I visited the sculpture garden after seeing the indoor space. The Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition, in a smaller room in the space, was an awesome opportunity to see a variety of small sculptures. The mixed media and kinetic sculptures were my favorites.
Written July 18, 2023
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UberLiciousLife
Great Lakes Bay, MI198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012
I go here often. Take any out of town guests here. Everyone has always loved it and appreciated the visit! I understand they are going to be expanding in the near future. Can't wait to see what that unfolds!
I have been to a bazillion galleries & museums in my lifetime.... but this is unmatched! The magnitude of Marshall Fredericks work is utterly breathtaking!
When you ponder each piece and you see his workroom set up there .... you cannot help but marvel in this mans incredible creativity! Being able to see the process there really brings it around to the "Muchness" of the Sculptures & The Man! His artworks are absolutely timeless! A must see!
Written March 31, 2013
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Carl F
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
If you are a Michigander this museum on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, just off I-75 at exit 160, is a MUST see. I am a l;little biased as Marshall was my Dad. This museum celebrates his artistic and humanitarian legacy. His most important mentor was Carl Milles, a sculptor who studies under August Rodin at the turn of the last century The collection of sculptures will bring back childhood memories. The campus has many bronzes on the grounds and a beautiful sculpture garden. The staff is knowledgable and very helpful. There are also frequent visiting artist works in an adjoining gallery. Take the time to visit and you won't be disappointed. The cafeterias on campius are open to the public if you want a bite to eat or a coffee etc. See you there.
Written December 11, 2014
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UberLiciousLife
Great Lakes Bay, MI198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
An incredible treasure!
The magnitude of the works of Marshall Fredricks is just awesome!
I go often as it is such a place of enjoyment. You can have lunch in the gardens now as they have added tables & chairs and benches.
The thing that many may not spend a lot of time on there is a place of great contemplation for me.
His Studio!
The moment you step in you are greeted with the rich scent of his clay!
To really examine the process & how he made & had devices made, to facilitate pieces of such size is really quite something!
The outer area of the museum has ever changing exhibits as well.

***They now allow photographing without flash inside.
If you are anywhere near the area and really appreciate higher caliber Art..... it is surely worth the time to visit!
Written May 6, 2018
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Thank you for the kind review. Hope you continue to enjoy the Museum and our exhibitions for many years to come.
Written May 25, 2018
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JAY E
Charlotte, NC20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Based on Tripadvisor reviews, I wanted to stop in to the museum on way to Mackinaw City. What was initially intended as a way to spend a few hours on the way northward through Michigan became one of the highlights of our trip.

Outside the museum are many of the sculptures. Inside are numerous plaster models used in creating finished sculptures, as well as items from Fredericks studio arranged as he worked back in the day.

Saginaw Valley State University grounds are quite beautiful as well. A peaceful setting.
Written June 8, 2014
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mopogra
Clarklake, MI161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
My group stopped here during a convention and I'm so glad they did. I had absolutely no idea this museum even existed. The saddest part is that I didn't have enough time to take everything in. Although the museum is small there is so much information to read about pertaining to each sculpture. The ambiance in the museum is very calming and the lighting is phenomenal. If you have an hour or two to spare while you are in the area I highly recommend this museum!
Written December 2, 2013
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Mistie D
Winchester, VA123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
WOW! what can I say?? This place takes your breath away and right in the middle of the city. When you are walking through the gardens, you don't even realize where you are. Everyone was so nice and the place is super clean and it even has a children's garden with interactive exhibits. Well worth the money and the tri!
Written August 16, 2013
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MSHallelu
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
This exceptional gallery of sculptor Marshall M. Fredericks' works is awesome. (It's also free, but there is a donation box.) You can learn a lot about the process of making public sculptures. There is also a very nice attached gift shop that features lovely (and pricey) pieces by Michigan artists as well as the easily-affordable kids souvenirs. I took my son and his family, including a 12 year-old grandson, and all enjoyed it. The gallery is located on the beautiful SVSU campus which is stroll-worthy in itself.
Written February 7, 2013
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This is one museum I never tire of visiting! I've been coming here at least once a year for the last decade or longer to enjoy the works of the celebrated Michigan sculptor Marshall Fredericks and the programs and temporary exhibits. Love the outdoor sculpture garden as well as the great plaster and cast works, many of which we know and love for having seen them around metro Detroit and elsewhere in the state and around the country. Interesting to see his original studio reassembled in the museum. On this visit, we saw the Notes from the Quarantimes exhibit of works by six Michigan artists in response to the COVID pandemic and the 2020 devastation of the Edenville Dam breach that caused unbelievable flooding in mid-Michigan. Past exhibitions have been no less interesting.
Written November 17, 2021
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