Museums should inspire wonder. Three special museum exhibitions this year in Michigan will do just that, showcasing miracles of art and nature.

“Bodies Revealed,” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum now through May 17, features the amazing organs and tissues that keep you alive. View carefully-preserved real body parts and skeletons that demonstrate the complexity of a human being’s inner workings. The exhibition has a dozen full-body specimens respectfully displayed. One takeaway: the impressive size of the human heart. For exhibition details see grpm.org; tickets are $8 for adults for museum admission, plus an additional $7 for “Bodies Revealed.”

“Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes,” opens March 28 at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn. Spider-Man himself would climb the walls to see this show, which features 300 artifacts from the marvelous world of Marvel Comics. Costumes, props, artwork and interactive elements let you rub elbows with Captain America, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and more fan favorites. The exhibition runs through Sept. 7. Find more info at thehenryford.org; tickets are $24 for adults for museum admission, plus $10 for the Marvel exhibit.

“Van Gogh in America,” a new exhibition mounted by the Detroit Institute of Arts, will celebrate the beloved painter and reveal what happened when his works first were displayed in the United States. The DIA was the first public museum in the U.S. to buy a Van Gogh painting—an incredible deal, as it turned out, because his “Self Portrait” was bought in 1922 for $4,200, and is now worth tens of millions.

The exhibition runs June 21 through Sept. 27 and will feature 65 marvelous Van Gogh paintings and drawings from collections worldwide. See more at dia.org/vangoghinamerica. Exhibition tickets are $14-$24 and go on sale May 21.

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Ellen Creager lives in metro Detroit and writes about Michigan travel destinations and other cultural topics. She is author of a new four-book series, “One Nation For All: Immigrants in the United States.”

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