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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.,

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." $12 (adults and children), $5 from 5-8 p.m. Thurs only; free for babies 0-23 months.

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

Argus Museum

Displays Argus photographic and optical equipment, made here from the 1930s-1960s, including the best-selling C3 "brick" camera, rare and specialized models, military products from WWII and the Korean War, and company histories. The museum also hosts photography exhibitions that showcase local and regional photographers and an annual fall conference. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends and archive access by appointment.,, 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).,

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, traditional German family Christmas, Valentine teas, and Wednesday noon lecture series in both spring and fall. Guided tours selected Sun. 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission free, donations appreciated.,

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 3-16 $3, children under 3 free.,

110 W. Cross [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.

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.; Nov.-April weekends only. Free.

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).

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

U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Houses a permanent collection of more than 100,000 artifacts of the Mediterranean and the Near East. Highlights include textiles, glass, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and artifacts of daily life. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-4 p.m.,

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

U-M Michigan League Galleries

The Beanster's Gallery exhibits student and professional artwork appropriate for a coffee house setting. The first floor Lobby and Hallway Gallery exhibits works by all community artists. Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.,

911 N. University [map]
(734) 763-5900

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 major holidays. Admission free; $10 donation suggested.

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.,

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.,

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, it was begun in 1899 by Frederick Stearns, a Detroit pharmaceutical manufacturer. Guided tours by appointment. 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,

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. Admission $5, children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.,

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

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