Our Stories, Our Lives

Water/Ways in Michigan

Applications have closed for this exhibit. 

Thank you to all of the communities who have applied for the Water/Ways exhibition.  All applications are being reviewed and we will announce the selected sites very soon!

About the Exhibit

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways is Coming to Michigan in 2018.

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

–Museum on Main Street website



For more information on this traveling exhibition, visit the Museum on Main Street website.


Water/Ways is made possible in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council. Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils across the country. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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