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African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County

The AACHM offers educational programs, exhibits, and Underground Railroad bus tours and talks. aachmuseum@gmail.com, aachm.org

P.O. Box 130724, AA 48113
(734) 761-1717


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts nearly 300,000 visitors annually and works to inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. The museum and Leslie Science & Nature also Center offer learning, nature, and outreach programming for schools and libraries statewide and around the world. During Covid-19: Offering prescheduled, limited visits. Reserve tickets and times online. Check website for updates. museum@aahom.org, aahom.org

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


Argus Museum

Features products manufactured by the Argus Camera Company and showcases unique collections. Housed in the Argus I Building, one of the company's manufacturing facilities; the Argus Museum operates under the umbrella of the Washtenaw County Historical Society and hosts photography exhibitions, group tours and meetings, and an international fall conference. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; also open for special events or by appointment. Free, but donations appreciated. Volunteers welcome. washtenawhistory.org/argus-museum

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


Cobblestone Farm Museum

During Covid-19: Museum currently closed but plans to reopen fall 2021. Check social media for updates. 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. Museum open by appointment year-round and Thurs. 10-11 a.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' treasures, including Ann Arbor's first concert grand piano, an 1877 Steinway. When the coronavirus is no longer a threat, the museum will return to presenting exhibits of period domestic life, a traditional German family Christmas, Valentine teas, and a Wednesday noon lecture series in both spring and fall. There will also be guided tours on selected Sundays 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. kempfhousemuseum@gmail.com, kempfhousemuseum.org. For event updates, you can also 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. Thurs.-Sun. noon-4 p.m., or by appointment. Adults $10, children 5-12 $5, children 4 and under free. Group tours and special events welcome. info@MichiganFirehouseMuseum.org, michiganfirehousemuseum.org

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


Museum on Main Street (Washtenaw County Historical Society)

Rotating exhibits in an historic house, featuring compelling stories of early Washtenaw County life. wchs-500@ameritech.net, washtenawhistory.org

500 N. Main at corner of Beakes & E. Kingsley [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. washtenaw.org/602/Parker-Mill-County-Park

4650 Geddes [map]
(734) 971-6337


U-M Detroit Observatory

Built in 1854, restored in the late 1990's, and now a division of the Bentley Historical Library, this historic observatory--the oldest research building on campus--retains its original Victorian telescopes. The Observatory will be closed until Spring 2022 for construction of a new visitor and education annex. Check website for updates. https://detroitobservatory.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. Closed Monday and U-M holidays. kelseymuse@umich.edu, lsa.umich.edu/kelsey

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


U-M Museum of Art

A reinstalled main hall focuses on energetic, impactful works from contemporary artists. A greatly expanded African art gallery makes space for the history and the future of African art. Includes hundreds of new acquisitions, including world-famous blue-and-white Chinese ceramics. Free. Hours vary. umma.umich.edu

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


U-M Museum of Natural History

The new U-M Museum of Natural History includes exhibits that explore the natural world from molecules to dinosaurs, a planetarium to discover the Universe, public labs to do actual science, and opportunities to meet real scientists. Free. During Covid-19: Check website for opening plans and protocols. ummnh.org

1105 N. University [map]
(734) 764-0478


U-M Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

History of dentistry exhibitions drawn from the museum's collections. See website for hours. dentalmuseum@umich.edu, sindecusemuseum.org

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


Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

This museum celebrates Ypsilanti's rich automotive manufacturing history, which includes the General Motors Assembly plants including Corvair. Other Chevrolet product lines include Nova, Omega Olds, Buick Skylark, Chevy Citation and Pontiac Bonneville. Housed in the world's last Hudson dealership and features the National Museum of the Hudson Car Company. Tues.-Sun. 1-4 p.m. Adults $5, Children under 12 free. info@ypsiautoheritage.org, ypsiautoheritage.org

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




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