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Residents and visitors clearly benefit from Allegan County's location when it comes to cultural attractions and activities. Not only does the County itself feature a variety of cultural attractions, the nearby cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon have many additional museums, fine arts groups, symphonies, libraries, galleries and the like.

Local Culture

Local Culture, Allegan County, MichiganCultural activities and resources exist in many of the communities throughout the County, but can be found in abundance in the Lakeshore area, especially in the Saugatuck/Douglas, Fennville and Holland areas. Saugatuck has long been known as an artist's mecca, with dozens of galleries, an artist school, an arts center, an excellent historical museum, a community theatre and much more.

Ox-Bow’s campus encompasses 115-acres of forests, dunes, a lagoon, and historic building andhas been in operation for over 100 years. It continues to provide an immersive environment for artists to explore traditional and contemporary modes of art-making. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts began with the notion that a great arts community should have a robust art center—and that a robust art center could, in turn, help create an even more vibrant community. The center revitalized an old pie factory and offers a programming mix including a broad array of options for all ages. It's goal was to become an arts, economic and social "hub" for the area. In addition, the area from Saugatuck/Douglas south to South Haven features an assortment of galleries, shops and other cultural attractions.

Countywide, several other communities feature historical museums, arts groups, community theatres, libraries. The City of Holland offers several museums as well, some focusing on its Dutch heritage and the history and life of the region.

Culture Regionwide

Beyond the County's borders, visitors and residents can find many additional cultural attractions.

Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in the state, is home to a vast array of museums, venues, galleries, libraries and media outlets. The Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Actors' Theatre, Broadway Grand Rapids, St. Cecilia Music Center, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts are just the major attractions in that city.

Meanwhile in Kalamazoo, cultural organizations and venues include the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, the Barn Theatre, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo Air Zoo, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Bach Festival Chorus, and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

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The Allegan County Tourist Council in conjunction with local chambers of commerce and other organizations do an excellent job of directing visitors and local residents alike to the many cultural activities and attractions in the area.

Wayland Union Performing Arts Center