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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

220 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734 995 5439
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Ranked #6 of 32 attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Children's Museums
Owner description: Everyone gets creative in this interactive science and technology museum, featuring engaging exhibits in subjects like psychology, the media and... more » Owner description: Everyone gets creative in this interactive science and technology museum, featuring engaging exhibits in subjects like psychology, the media and health. « less
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Philadelphia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Wide range of experiences to interest kids from infants to pre-teens. My grandkids beg to go back - the family membership has been a bargain for us.

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Ann Arbor, MI
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Hands-On Museum is primarily designed around exhibits that kids can interact with, but I find adults like to interact with many of them, as well. We particularly enjoyed the funnel cloud exhibit, the bubble activities, and the electromagnetism room. One of the things that fascinated me most was the ferrofluid exhibit that uses magnets to interact with a thick,... More

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Michigan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This place is great fun if not a germ-fest for families with young children. Get's crowded on weekends of course. My kids enjoyed it up until about 8-9 years of age.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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112 reviews 112 reviews
46 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This place is fun for young and old as long as you are young at heart, you can learn some stuff and also have a really good time.

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Livonia, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Although this museum has what I feel an overpriced admission fee, the young children will be entertained with the exhibits. I think that $11.00 admission for the children is a little excessive. As grandparents, when we take our two grandchildren to the museum it costs $44. By the time we go to the museum and have lunch/dinner, it is a... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

The Hands-on Museum may not be as great as I thought it was when I was four or five, but it's still a piece of Michigan history. For any little children (up to around 8), the museum is a paradise, and it inspires creativity. For anyone older, they're going to need some persuasion, but trust and try it at least... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The Hands-on Museum was founded in the wake of the national sensation created by San Francisco's Exploratorium in the 1970s. While it calls itself a science museum, the Hands-on Museum falls woefully short of the standard set by the Exploratorium, and this in a town with one of the great research universities in the world. There are precious few real... More

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We did a long weekend in the Ann Arbor/Dearborn area. My son had enough of The Henry Ford Museum and it was just cold enough to keep us from doing any outdoor activities. We had some time to kill before our dinner, so decided to give this a try. My son enjoyed the activities, it was very crowded, so there... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum is a great place for kids of all ages. The museum has a wide variety of exhibits and activities, covering a wide range of scientific concepts. Building/construction, medical technology, engineering, physics, optics, and much more is explored in a wide range of exhibits. For little kids, the preschool room is amazing - concepts are... More

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ann arbor, mi
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a top notch kids museum. We have been to many around the country and this is the best. And it really is "hands on"! It has a great range of things to do for little ones to older ones. Parking is near-by in the public parking garages (just google public parking in Ann Arbor), and plenty of places... More

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