Five Must See Ann Arbor Museums

The beautiful town of Ann Arbor is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in America and visitors love our stunning scenery, which includes over 50,000 trees planted throughout the town. From our world-class University of Michigan to our delicious restaurants and delightful shopping areas, there are plenty of reasons to visit Ann Arbor. We also have a large variety of interesting museums, which include many unique artifacts and exhibitions. Read below for some information on our must-see museums and what makes them so special.

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this family friendly museum includes many interactive science and technology exhibits, which are suitable for both adults and children. You can spend several hours immersed in visual, touch and auditory activities including wind turbine displays, solar panel exhibits and photography from Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope.

University of Michigan Museum of Art

This on-campus museum underwent a $41.9 million expansion in 2009 and their extensive collection includes work from Asian, African, American, European, Middle Eastern and modern artists. They display everything from ancient pottery to early photography and outdoor sculpture. The museum also conducts research into reclaiming works that were illegally appropriated during World War II and they make information on this interesting project available to the public.

Exhibit Museum of Natural History

If you are interested in dinosaurs and fossils, this is the perfect destination. The Exhibit Museum of Natural History has four floors of exhibits including the largest display of dinosaurs in Michigan. They also have informative displays on wildlife, anthropology, geology, and you can visit the Planetarium to learn about the farthest reaches of space as well. Highly recommended.

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

This recently renovated museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and Near East. The amazing building is packed with attractions and will truly transport you back into time. They offer educational programs for children and adults as well as museum tours and lectures.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

A great tribute to Michigan’s American president, the Gerald R. Ford museum includes candid insight into his life and beliefs. The 12,000 building harbours a collection of historical artifacts that illustrate his presidency and includes exhibitions such as a sound and lightshow dedicated to a day in the Oval Office as well a Watergate Scandal display, which features the actual tools used in the burglary.

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