Ann Arbor Hands On Museum Ann Arbor
Where are we going today?
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a Science and Technology Center with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive hands-on exhibits. Our mission is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology. We cater to the younger child but hold to the philosophy that science is for everyone and children of all ages will enjoy the Museum. We are members of both the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the Association.
Every exhibit within the Museum is intended for children to learn from through a hands-on experience. Most weekends we have exciting demonstrations related to a specific theme of science, math or technology.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
Monday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday, Saturda
We are a great field trip destination and have many school groups come to the Museum throughout the year. Scienceworks Labs are available and a description of the latest available labs can be found on our website..
As we are located in downtown Ann Arbor, there are a variety of great family friendly restaurants nearby. However, we also have a vending area with small tables and stools for those who would prefer to bring a snack with them..
Any Top Tips?
Metered parking is available on the street or the Ann/Ashley Parking Structure is located two blocks West of the Museum..
Need a little extra help?
We have elevators that will go to every floor of the Museum. .
There are baby changing tables in the restrooms. There are also two family restrooms in the Museum.
Can I get one of those?
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has a great store on the first level. Items are also available for purchase at the online store..
What people are saying?
by Larry Cobler
The best! Grandkids, their parents, and the grandparents all loved it. So much so that I bought annual family plans for both our kids.
by Colin Barrett
Took a 16 month old and a 13 month old on a Sunday afternoon. They had a blast! There is a section on the 2nd floor specifically for Pre-K and under and within that there is an infant area. Parking wasn't too bad with a good amount of street parking available. Highly recommend for a family looking for something fun to do!
by Tiffany Ziegler
I took my three children (ages 10, 9 and 3 1/2 at the time) to the Hands-On Museum for the day while visiting family in the area. My son (10) had an amazing time with all of the mechanical boy-things that he absolutely loves. My daughter (9) enjoyed everything! From the huge piano to walk on, to the ambulance - full size - to play in, to the gift shop. She is very science minded and enjoyed the ability to touch things and put science into action. Little, as we lovingly refer to her as (3 1/2), cried when it was time to go. Full-on tears of sadness....Read More
by Donna Bird
A little pricy bit the experience..out of this would..
by Pastor Hodet
I love this place good for birthdays!
by Tiffany Ziegler
I took my three children (ages 10, 9 and 3 1/2 at the time) to the Hands-On Museum for the day while visiting family in the area. My son (10) had an amazing time with all of the mechanical boy-things that he absolutely loves. My daughter (9) enjoyed everything! From the huge piano to walk on, to the ambulance - full size - to play in, to the gift shop. She is very science minded and enjoyed the ability to touch things and put science into action. Little, as we lovingly refer to her as (3 1/2), cried when it was time to go. Full-on tears of sadness. The ride home (4 1/2 hours) I was told about how she wanted to move in there and if we could just go back for a little while she would be the happiest child ever. Needless to say, she had a great time. She played in the house, made layouts for her own with the big-kids, jumped in the foam blocks, splashed in the water, made waaa-mbulance noises for over a half hour, stomped on the piano, and played in the little kid room for an hour - happy as can be.
This was by far one of the best little family outings that we have taken part in. They had more fun than I ever thought they would at a museum! Great for all ages, infant to grandpa & grandma.
...I say all of this after receiving my first, and so far only, parking ticket while parked outside of the museum. Remember to take change for the meter or you will owe the city $10.00. Which still is not bad considering how much fun we had :) Made the trip that much more memorable!