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Art & Culture

Traverse City is home to a variety of artistic and cultural attractions—from live music performances to historical sites and museums. Whether you're in town on business or for leisure, Cherry Tree Inn & Suites is close to the best cultural destinations in the city. Enjoy documentaries and independent and foreign films at the Traverse City Film Festival, just minutes from our hotel; take in a world-class performance at the Interlochen Center for the Arts; or view amazing art exhibits at The Dennos Museum Center. No matter what your artistic interest, Traverse City has something for everyone.

Cultural Festivals

Traverse City Film Festival

Held at six separate theaters in downtown Traverse City, including the fabulous State Theatre, the Traverse City Film Festival offers foreign and independent films as well as documentaries, shorts and classics. Enjoy free panel discussions with directors, actors, writers and other film industry professionals, or take part in film school classes offered throughout the festival. Free movies available at the open space on large blow-up screen. 

Interlochen Shakespeare Festival

View innovative interpretations of Shakespearean classics at the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival. Each summer, the professional ensemble of Interlochen faculty, staff and alumni present a unique take on one of Shakespeare's entertaining and enriching plays.

Galleries & Museums

The Dennos Museum Center

Through its art collections, exhibitions, and performing arts presentations, The Dennos Museum Center offers enrichment and entertainment for all ages. Learn about Inuit culture, enjoy hands-on art and science exhibits, view Canadian Aboriginal art, or stroll the halls and gaze at the museum's collection of paintings, sculpture, and photography. The Dennos Museum Center also hosts a concert series each winter and spring featuring world music as well as jazz and blues.

Artcenter Traverse City

Opened in 1951, Artcenter Traverse City features artist critique nights, lecture series, gallery exhibitions and community events. Enjoy viewing various types of art and meeting artists, as well as great food and music, at the Artcenter Traverse City Outdoor Art Fair in the summer, or just stop by the center to stroll through the gallery.

Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center

Located in Leelanau Peninsula's  Peshawbestown,  a short drive from Cherry Tree Inn & Suites, the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center offers a look into the Anishinaabek traditions with exhibits of art, tools, pow wow regalia, and other cultural objects.

Gallery 50

Gallery 50 offers ceramics, glass, fiber, metal, wood, painting, photography, and furniture among its halls, with a focus on works created from found, recycled, or repurposed materials.

Historical Sites

Grand Traverse Commons

This unique collection of dozens of historical, castle-like buildings offers visitors a look at unique architecture on lovely forested grounds. Shops, food, and live performers are just a few more elements that make the Grand Traverse Commons a must-visit historical site in Traverse City.

City Opera House

Built in 1891, in Downtown Traverse City, the City Opera House is the oldest of three Victorian opera houses in Michigan and has hosted plays, concerts, gala balls, festivals and celebrations throughout its life.

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

For 150 years, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse has stood guiding ships through the northern entrance to the Manitou Passage. At the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, visitors can view exhibits that chronicle the lives of the lighthouse keepers as well as shop at the gift shop or have a picnic on the charming grounds.