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African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County

The AACHM offers educational programs, exhibits, and Underground Railroad bus tours. The museum is in the process of acquiring and renovating an 1848 house, moved from W. Washington St. downtown, to display its collection of artifacts, art, papers, books, photographs and other materials pertaining to the history and culture of African Americans in Washtenaw County. aachmuseum@gmail.com, aachmuseum.org

1528 Pontiac Trail [map]
(734) 761-1717


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum "is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math," and "to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences." Open every day 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thurs. $12 (adults and children), $5 after 5 p.m. Thurs only; free for babies 0-23 months. aahom.org

220 E. Ann [map]
(734) 995-5439


Argus Museum

Housed in the historic Argus I Building, the museum displays photographic and optical equipment made in Ann Arbor from the 1930s to the 1960s, including the iconic C3 "brick" camera, rare and specialized models, military products from WWII and the Korean War, and company histories. Also hosts photography exhibitions that showcase local and regional photographers, an annual fall conference, other special events and tours. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends and archive access by appointment. cchidester@onealconstruction.com, washtenawhistory.org, click on "Sites" then "Argus Museum."

525 W. William (Argus Building) [map]
(734) 769-0770


Cobblestone Farm Museum

This city-owned historic farm re-creates mid-19th-century rural life with living history days and a barnyard with a small collection of farm animals. Farmhouse museum admission: adults $2, families (up to 5) $5, ages 3-17 and seniors 60 & over $1.50. Museum and farm market open every Tues. 4-7 p.m. May-Nov. Also open by appointment year-round and occasional Thurs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (call ahead to check). cobblestonefarm@provide.net, cobblestonefarm.org

2781 Packard [map]
(734) 794-7120


Kempf House Museum

This 1853 Greek Revival house, listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, was home to the German-American Kempf family from 1888 to 1953. Now managed by a volunteer nonprofit board, it is furnished with Victorian antiques and many of the Kempfs' musical treasures, including Ann Arbor's first concert grand piano, an 1877 Steinway. Exhibits of period domestic life, a historic garden, a traditional German family Christmas, Valentine teas, and Wednesday noon lecture series in both spring and fall. Guided tours on selected Sundays 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission free, donations appreciated. kempfhousemuseum@gmail.com, kempfhousemuseum.org. For event updates, follow "Kempf House Museum" on Facebook.

312 S. Division [map]
(734) 994-4898


Michigan Firehouse Museum

Includes a restored original 1898 firehouse on 2 levels plus a large, modern exhibit area on 3 levels featuring displays of antique fire rigs and fire trucks, fire extinguishers, equipment, tools, fire bells, and other memorabilia. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Adults $5, children 2-16 $3, children under 2 free. info@MichiganFirehouseMuseum.org, michiganfirehousemuseum.org

110 W. Cross, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 547-0663


Museum on Main Street

The Washtenaw County Historical Society operates this museum in a restored 1830s home surrounded by a 1900-style garden. Several exhibitions per year of furnishings, tools, toys, clothes, and other objects related to county history. Annual holiday show. Sat. & Sun. noon-4 p.m., and by appointment. Groups welcomed. Donations appreciated. washtenawhistory.org

500 N. Main at corner of E. Kingsley & Beakes [map]
(734) 662-9092


Parker Mill

County-owned restored 1873 gristmill with its original milling machinery. The surrounding 45-acre park also has one of the area's few remaining log cabins. The mill is open for public tours on select Sundays in Sept.-Oct.; programs for school, civic, and community groups available by appointment May.-Oct. Free. parks.ewashtenaw.org

4650 Geddes [map]
(734) 971-6337


U-M Detroit Observatory

Built in 1854, and now a division of the Bentley Historical Library, this restored observatory retains its original Victorian telescopes. Exhibits highlight the role of this early research facility in 19th-century campus life. Daylight tours twice a month or by special arrangement. Night sky viewings during the warmer months (weather permitting). bentley.umich.edu

1398 E. Ann [map]
(734) 764-3482


U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Houses a permanent collection of more than 100,000 Classical, Egyptian and Near East artifacts. Highlights include textiles, glass, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and artifacts of daily life. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. kelseymuse@umich.edu, lsa.umich.edu/kelsey

434 S. State, (public entrance on Maynard) [map]
(734) 764-9304


U-M Museum of Art

In addition to extensive permanent collections of African, American, Asian, and European art, UMMA hosts many special temporary exhibitions each year. Public programs include artist and curator talks, special campus and community events, docent-led tours, & performing arts, literary arts, films, & fee-based art classes. Tues.- Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission free; $10 donation suggested. umma.umich.edu

525 S. State [map]
(734) 764-0395


U-M Museum of Natural History

Natural science museum features many exhibits, including Back to the Sea, the country's most comprehensive exhibit on whale evolution. The Hall of Evolution depicts the development of prehistoric life, including a large collection of fossils and dinosaur and mastodon skeletons. The Michigan Wildlife Gallery has extensive collections of local plant and animal life, plus exhibits on environmental issues. The planetarium hosts shows on weekends, most of them suitable for children, and on weekdays for school and community groups. Programs for children include dinosaur and space birthday parties and educational scavenger hunts. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Museum admission free; donations of $6 encouraged. Groups of more than 10 must reserve in advance and pay a small fee. Planetarium admission $5. On December 31, 2017, the Museum of Natural History will close after 90 years; a "Noon Year's Eve" program for all ages and an evening adults-only "Night at the Museum" will mark the event. The new Museum of Natural History, in the nearby Biological Sciences Building, will open in stages in 2019. ummnh.info@umich.edu, lsa.umich.edu/ummnh

1109 Geddes [map]
(734) 764-0478


U-M Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

Exhibits on the history of dentistry, including "Inside the Dental Practice: 1860-1940," featuring re-created dental offices, a dental lab, & X-ray technology; and "Dental Hygiene: A Century of Progress." Free admission. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., closed most major holidays. dentalmuseum@umich.edu, dent.umich.edu/sindecuse

1011 North University, Kellogg Building, School of Dentistry [map]
(734) 763-0767


U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

More than 2,500 historical and contemporary instruments, many of them beautiful works of art, from all over the world. One of the largest such collections in North America. Begun in 1899 by Frederick Stearns, a Detroit pharmaceutical manufacturer. Website features an online, searchable catalog. Lectures and recitals throughout the year featuring local and national artists and speakers. Additional displays in the lower level of Hill Auditorium, accessible only during auditorium events. Open to the public Mon.-Fr. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours by appointment. stearnsoutreach@umich.edu, music.umich.edu/stearns

1100 Baits, Moore Bldg., South Wing [map]
(734) 936-2891


Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

This museum celebrates Ypsilanti's rich automotive manufacturing history, which includes the Chevrolet Corvair and the Tucker, and is housed in the world's last Hudson dealership. Tues.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. Closed Mon. Admission $5, children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. info@ypsiautoheritage.org, ypsiautoheritage.org

100 E. Cross, Ypsilanti [map]
(734) 482-5200




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