The Seafoam Palace is a place that celebrates curiosity, exploration, and the marvelous. We’re currently in the process of setting up an exhibition space that will feature a permanent collection as well as rotating displays by a wide range of artists. Our aim is to explore new meanings of curiosity through artistic interpretations of scientific and anthropological phenomena and artifacts.
Some of the exhibitions will be modeled on classic cabinets of curiosity, which were collections of strange and wonderful ephemera from such fields as natural history, anatomy, mineralogy and folklore. At the same time we want to encourage new ways of thinking about objects of curiosity and what they might mean to us at this point in time.
We will start with events and online exhibitions in the summer of 2016 while our building is being constructed. Please check back!
The Sibley Building
The museum is located inside the original offices of the Frederic M. Sibley Lumber Company. The brick and limestone building was constructed in 1925 by the architects Baxter, O'Dell & Halprin as the headquarters of Detroit’s second largest lumber company at the time. In 1989 the building was designated a Michigan State Historic Site; it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The interior still features much of the original wood paneling and seafoam-colored plaster work. Of course we are making every effort to preserve its special character and do this beautiful building justice!