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Saturday Activities

September 9, 2012

In addition to the Law School reunion events and the football game, you’ll find lots more to do (including plenty of family-friendly activities) in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan. Here are some favorites:

Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue

The Exhibit Museum showcases the natural sciences and anthropology, with a special focus on University of Michigan research. Permanent exhibits include the most extensive prehistoric life collection in the State of Michigan, many rare specimens in the Michigan Wildlife Gallery, Anthropology displays on Native American and other cultures, and over 700 rock and mineral specimens in the Geology section.

The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor
Fairies have come to Ann Arbor!  Across the city you can find “fairy doors”.  These “miniature openings into imagined fairy homes are unsponsored, unauthorized works of public art that have captured the imagination of the city.”(, 5/2006)  You may choose to go on a fairy door scavenger hunt.  Visit the website above for a map of the locations and have fun finding these whimsical items.

Hands On Museum
220 E. Ann Street

Ignite your imagination! Explore nine unique galleries containing more than 250 interactive exhibits. Learning made fun for all ages in an informal environment where hands-on experience is the best teacher.

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Dearborn, MI

With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford, including Greenfield Village, captivate and inspire visitors of all ages.

Kelsey Museum of Archeology
434 S. State St.

The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East in the new state-of-the-art William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Road

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens is regarded as one of Ann Arbor's greatest nature destinations. Located on Ann Arbor's east side, here you will find numerous formal gardens as well as the Gaffield Children's Garden, an indoor conservatory, and miles of hiking and discovery trails.

Michigan Firehouse Museum
110 W. Cross Street, Ypsilanti (just east of Ann Arbor)

Encompassing over 26,000 square feet, the Museum is an educational treasure trove that includes an original 1898 firehouse with changing exhibits that include a fire engine steamer, antique fire trucks and early fire rigs, as well as tools, equipment, memorabilia and the largest collection of fire truck bells in the country.

Museum of Art
525 South State Street

In March 2009, the Museum of Art (UMMA) opened a landmark 53,000-square-foot expansion.  Highlights of the project include vastly increased galleries for collections and special exhibitions; open-storage galleries and study rooms that foster close looking; state-of-the-art conservation and art storage facilities; a curatorial research center; and an expanded museum store.

Nichols Arboretum
1600 Washington Heights

Nichols Arboretum, a 123-acre nature area, is tucked alongside the Huron River between the North and Central campuses. The Arb has extensive but dispersed collections of native and exotic trees and shrubs masterfully crafted into a naturalistic landscape begun by O. C. Simonds in 1907. As you explore you'll find one of the richest landscapes in the region, as well as a complex glacial topography that presents vast panoramas, broad valleys and intimate dales and glens.

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