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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 #7 of 32 attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Chicago
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I was visiting my sister from Indiana so we had 3 boys ages 7,6,4 and 2 girls ages 3 and 1. This place had something for all of our age groups. It was a great way to sneak away from the heat and get the wiggles out. Staff was very friendly! It looks small from the outside but it's huge... More

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Sombra, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum's toddler/preschool room is full of engaging activities, highlighted by the ball machine. Unfortunately, this museum doesn't differentiate itself beyond this experience. It is a positive experience but not memorable for older children.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I took my 6 year old daughter and we both had a blast! Don't let the outside fool you.... It is definitely bigger on the inside.

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Detroit, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I took my two-year-old daughter to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in June, and she loved it. The toddler room has a lot of activities that cater to that age perfectly. She enjoyed playing with the ball machine and the Picasso tiles, and we couldn't pry her away from the water table. Despite living in Royal Oak (45 miles away),... More

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Detroit, MI
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We I visited with our son (7) and daughter (3.75). They both really enjoyed the museum, especially the top level with the music and video screen. I think many of the displays are too advanced to hold the attention of our daughter, but there was a special room just for pre-schoolers to play. Our son got more out of the... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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106 reviews 106 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I watched this museum develop from the start and it has flourished into a wonderful attraction that keeps the kids busy for hours. A must stop in Ann Arbor, this museum has exhibits for children from the preschool room to grade school. There are plenty of young people around to ask questions and guide little minds to question and understand... More

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Avon, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We made a special trip to Ann Arbor for this museum. The displays were really good, but this place was expensive. It cost us $33 to get in and we didn't feel we got the value out of that for our visit. Our son is a little young to do some of the displays and understand the science behind them.... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If a 15-month-old can enjoy this place, imagine what a blast older kids might have! There's a separate toddler play area with lots to do. We wanted to see the rest of the museum, so we dragged the little one along, who didn't seem to mind. He even busied himself "building" nanotubes and "looking at" various scientific displays! This sure... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

What a great way to spend a day with your kids. When I went with my young neighbor girl - we tried everything! Including climbing into a replica of an ambulance. So much to experience and as the name says HANDS ON - and they are not kidding!

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Uniontown
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a wonderful attraction in Ann Arbor. The cost is a little high, but well worth it. You can spend all day there. Kids of all ages and adults will enjoy. It is such a relief to not have to yell at the kids over and over "don't touch!" You can bring in a packed lunch and eat at... More

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