DETROIT – To celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, the Michigan Science Center will offer free general admission on March 17 from 12 – 5 p.m., courtesy Ford Motor Company Fund. The event will honor the extraordinary contributions of women in STEM.

“As we recognize the many valuable contributions that women have made to science and our communities, Ford is working to help girls and young women develop the STEM skills necessary for success in the technical workplace of tomorrow,” said Farah Harb, Global Education Programs Analyst, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford supports programs that encourage and inspire girls to explore science and STEM-related careers.  

Free general admission includes access to more than 250 amazing hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, Spark!Lab from the Smithsonian, Kids Town gallery, STEM Playground, Space gallery and more.

Additionally, planetarium tickets will be available for purchase at the box office. The planetarium features a live show – “Our Place in a Galaxy Far, Far Away” – that takes visitors on an exciting tour of our place in the Universe and compares our solar system and galaxy to those far, far away.

“Women’s pioneering work in STEM is important, because it lets today’s students know that science is for everyone,” said Michigan Science Center Chief Learning Officer, Cassie Byrd. “Through our work with The STEMinista Project, we’ve seen that simply knowing a woman in STEM can have a big impact on girls’ confidence and interest in these subjects.”

Free day registration is available now at