Historical Attractions in ANN ARBOR with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Ann Arbor, Michigan!)

Ann Arbor is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Great Lakes State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Ann Arbor’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Ann Arbor when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Sauder Village

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    (65 miles) Archbold

    Experience how families lived over 100 years ago! Visit with costumed interpreters, watch working craftsmen, and try various hands-on activities. Lots of special events too like Quilt Show, Dairy ...

  • Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center

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    (72 miles) Fremont

    See where Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes lived, and learn about his life as a soldier, Congressman, Ohio governor and President!

  • Great Lakes Maritime Center

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    (82 miles) Port Huron

    The Great Lakes Maritime Center (GLMC) offers a variety of opportunities to learn about the history and current events of the Great Lakes. A variety of video formats, displays, and speaker programs ...

  • Michigan Memories

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    (90 miles) Bay City

    Michigan Memories

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  • Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

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    Ann Arbor

    Science and Technology Center with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology.

  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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    Ann Arbor

    Exhibits for the kids to explore and learn from that include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in all of Michigan, as well as Michigan wildlife, anthropology, ...

  • Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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    (26 miles) Farmington Hills

    A unique museum featuring Marvin's personal collection of coin operated machines plus amusing and confusing oddities, covering nearly 6,000 tightly packed square feet.

  • Automotive Hall Of Fame

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    (26 miles) Detroit

    he Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience ...

  • Michigans Museum of Natural History

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    (32 miles) Bloomfield Hills

    Explore the wonders of the world and space at Michigan's Museum of Natural History, located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. A hands-on day out for all ages!

  • Motown Historical Museum

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    (34 miles) Detroit

    Feel the beat at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit! A rhythm filled family day out that's all about those great sounds of Motown.

  • Detroit Historical Museum

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    (35 miles) Detroit

    Explore 300 years of rich Detroit history at this Historical Museum. Step back in time for your family day out in Michigan!

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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    (35 miles) Detroit

    Over 100 galleries to explore, enjoy the art world with guided arts tours, talks, and special exhibitions. Art fun in Detroit!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MOCAD

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    (35 miles) Detroit

    A cultural day surrounded by art at this Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, with exhibits, programs, and activities for kids.

  • Walter P Chrysler Museum

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    (36 miles) Detroit

    Plan a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum where automotive history is learned and explored. Take an hour, or spend the day to experience the history of Chrysler vehicles, learn from interactive ...

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (42 miles) Toledo

    A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.

  • Toledo Police Museum

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    (43 miles) Toledo

    A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!

  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    (44 miles) Toledo

    The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover ...

  • Abrams Planetarium

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    (48 miles) Lansing

    Astronomy and space exploration for the whole family at this fascinating planetarium in Michigan.

  • Flint Childrens Museum

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    (51 miles) Flint

    A friendly, child oriented museum in Flint, packed with fascinating exhibits and hands-on learning experiences for kids from ages 2 to 10. Learn through play!

  • Sloan Museum

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    (51 miles) Flint

    Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. Dramatic settings, video programs and hundreds of artifacts and photographs portray the area’s ...

  • Impression 5

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    (51 miles) Lansing

    Kids can learn all about science through interactive play that focuses on their senses! Great hands-on fun for curious kids in Lansing!

  • Kids N Stuff Childrens Museum

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    (52 miles) Albion

    An exciting and highly interactive museum in Michigan with fun, hands-on programs for kids under 10 years!

  • Wood County Historical Museum

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    (65 miles) Bowling Green

    Hands-on history exhibits with over 30 rooms within an old asylum that explore local and Ohio history. Many free family-friendly events and programs for children too!

  • Merry Go Round Museum

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    (78 miles) Sandusky

    "Grab The Brass Ring" at 'the funnest museum ever.' Rare and unusual carousel animals abound at The Merry-Go-Round Museum's newest exhibit. Enjoy a ride on the antique carousel, visit with wood ...

  • Mid Michigan Childrens Museum

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    (80 miles) Saginaw

    Over 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions solely for under 12s, spanning a world's worth of topics.

  • Dominos Petting Farm

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    (4 miles) Ann Arbor

    20 acres of beautiful petting farm for kids to explore in Ann Arbor, with cute domestic animals waiting to make friends!

  • The Creature Conservancy

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    (5 miles) Ann Arbor

    The Creature Conservancy

  • Great Lakes Zoological Society

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    (6 miles) Ann Arbor

    A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    (33 miles) Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    (36 miles) Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

  • Toledo Zoo

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    (47 miles) Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos and it features an aquarium too!

  • Potter Park Zoo

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    (51 miles) Lansing

    The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the ...

  • Wilderness Trails Zoo

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    (67 miles) Birch Run

    Over 50 species of exotic and native animals in specially constructed enclosures for close up animal viewing. Plus animal petting and feeding areas and an adventure playscape to go wild on!

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    (70 miles) Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • Cedar Point

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    (78 miles) Sandusky

    Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!