About Us

Our Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Our Vision is to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences.

Annual Reports and Financials

We strive to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, math, art, and engineering. Our Vision is to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences.  Our annual report highlights some of the many ways we acheive these goals.

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

990 for Fiscal Year 2013-14

990 for Fiscal Year 2012-13

Cultural Data Project Funder Report 2013-2104

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The Trustees of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Emily Palacios, Chair Attorney, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, PLC
David Esau, Vice Chair Architect, Cornerstone Design, Inc.
Cynthia L. Gardner, Treasurer Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, PNC Bank
Megan Torrance, Secretary President, Torrance Learning
Michael Cole, Member at Large Technology Industry Group President, Bank of Ann Arbor
Shorya Awtar Assoc. Professor Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Donna Doleman Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications, Ann Arbor SPARK
Gina Finney Human Resources Manager, Aernnova Engineering US, Inc.
Joan A. Fitzgibbon Principal, A2STEAM at Ann Arbor Public Schools
Chris Imwalle Senior Business Analyst, MASCO Corporation
Chandramouli Krishnan Student, Huron High School
Nicholas Liu Student, Pioneer High School
Anne Marsan Managing Partner, Atomic Object
Tom McKarns ECO PHYSICS, INC
Timothy McKay Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Michigan
Milan Patel Student, Skyline High School
David Rock CEO/President, NovoDynamics, Inc.
Thomas Root, Jr. President, Owner - Zingerman's Mail Order
Richard Sheridan CEO, Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations LLC
William Wood Management Consultant
Karl Zinn  Research Scientist Emeritus, Information Technology, University of Michigan

 

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The Directors and Staff of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Directors

Mel Drumm President & Executive Director
Cory Joyrich Senior Director of Advancement
Charles Stout Director of Exhibits
John Bowditch Director of Exhibits Emeritus
Carol Knauss Director of Operations
Peggy Pietras Director of Finance

Lorrie Beaumont

Director of Education
Gerry Diepenhorst Director of Facilities

Staff

Melissa Hill Development Associate
Alice Klute Retail and Web Manager
Jan Klute Registration Coordinator
Robin Little Grants Manager
Sam McLaren Outreach Programs Manager
Ari Morris Assistant Director of Operations
Andy Powrie Facility & Exhibit Tech
Andrea Reynolds Outreach Workshops Manager
Kris Rudolph Exhibits Technician
Corrina Strecker Distance Learning Manager
Sandy Toivonen Associate Business Manager
Kaila Wilson Membership & Birthday Party Manager
Nichole Wright Public Programs & Volunteer Manager

 

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Museum Profile

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) is a leader in interactive learning experiences and inspires people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEaM). Our focus is on pre-K through 8th grade minds, but the Museum is a destination for more than 250,000 visitors of all ages each year.  

AAHOM opened in 1982 in an historic firehouse in downtown Ann Arbor and quickly became the cornerstone of informal science education in the community. From its inception, the Museum has worked with scientists, artists, designers, engineers, and innovators to create simple, effective science exhibits that can be understood by children, their families, and audiences of all ages. Following several expansions, AAHOM now occupies 40,000 square feet, and offers 250+ interactive exhibits designed to promote science discovery and literacy.

Over five million visitors have visited AAHOM since it opened its doors, making it one of the most popular science centers in Michigan. AAHOM’s reputation is built on its visionary planning and implementation of interactive STEaM-based exhibits; groundbreaking educational programs delivered to 47 counties throughout the state, 44 states across the country, and countries aroud the world; and an exceptional ability to establish and maintain strong collaborative bonds with public and private organizations.

Our education programs align with State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In 2014, AAHOM’s Outreach and Distance Learning programs served 52,943 people statewide, including the U.P. In addition to off-site hands-on programs, our temporary, traveling exhibits have been displayed in libraries, community centers, and shopping malls throughout the state.

Because AAHOM is dedicated to ensuring that our doors are open to all children, regardless of ability to pay admission charges, we offer discounted or free admission to Title One schools. The Discover Science Assistance Fund was established six years ago in response to schools seeking financial assistance for field trips. Schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced lunch are eligible for this funding. We are proud that in 2014 we subsidized visits from 196 schools, serving 12,478 students, thanks to grants and donations to this fund. We also offer discounted or free admission to families with patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House guests, subsidized housing residents, special needs children and adults, and ESL families.

AAHOM accomplishes our mission with 18 full-time and up to 40 part-time staff members, as well as interns, work-study students, and volunteers. Volunteers include over 400 community members, professors, high school and college students, and local business people who donate thousands of hours of their time towards helping AAHOM deliver exceptional programs, events, and exhibits.

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Auction Item Requests

The Museum is proud to give back to the community that supports our mission. In order to request a donated item, please fill out and submit this form. Once your request is received, it will be reviewed and you will be contacted within two weeks as to our decision. We are only able to consider fundraising events for schools and parent-teacher organizations.

If we are able to donate to your event, we will email you a special PDF file that includes four admission passes to the Museum. Please print out the PDF for your fundraiser event.  Only printed tickets can be redeemed at the admissions desk.

Please note that we receive hundreds of requests for donated items and are only able to give one set of passes to an organization per 12-month period.

 

 

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2012-2017 Strategic Plan

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Privacy Statement

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum respects the privacy interests of our website users. This Privacy Statement describes the types of personal information that we collect, the uses we make of that information and how you can access, correct and request deletion of any personal identifying information that you choose to give us.

Information We Collect

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum does not collect any personally identifying information about visitors to this website, such as your name, address or email address, unless such information is provided by the individual. However, certain non-personal information is recorded by the standard operation of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Internet servers. We may ask you for personally identifying information if you contact us through our website or purchase a membership or to make purchases from our online store. This information may include your first and last name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and payment information (credit card number and expiration date).

Use of Your Information

Your personally identifying information is used solely for billing purposes and to provide membership services (including providing the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum News and special event notification). You may opt out of receiving special notifications at the time of purchasing your membership or store merchandise, or upon receipt of any such special notifications. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum does not share personally identifying information or individual purchase information with any other businesses or individuals. We may use your personally identifying information, such as your email address, to contact you if we have trouble processing an order, to confirm receipt of your membership or for other similar purposes. We may use aggregated information, which does not identify you personally, for advertising, marketing, promotional and other business purposes.

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Cookies

We make use of “cookies,” which are small sets of information stored onto your computer in connection with your use of our website. We use cookies to store temporary individual user information concerning your use of this site. We may also use information gathered by cookies to measure certain traffic patterns on our website or for other similar purposes. A user does not need to have the cookie function of their browser turned on in order to use this website. If you use a link from this site to another site, or if you arrived at our site through a link from another site, it is also possible that these other sites may place a cookie or other identifier on your computer. We do not control and are not responsible for the use of cookies or other identifiers by anyone except the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Access, Correction and Deletion

If you want to see the personal information we have collected about you from this site or if you believe any information we have is incorrect and you wish to correct it, please write to us at the address given at the end of this Privacy Statement. If we change or delete information in response to your request, we will not then continue to use it; however, some residual information may remain in backup records or records of deletions.

Security

We use efforts consistent with sound industry practice, to safeguard the confidentiality of your personally identifying information. This website takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), that information is encrypted and protected. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just "surfing." Given the nature of the Internet, however, we cannot ensure complete security and we are not responsible for any breach of security or for the actions of any person or entity other than the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Your personally identifying information may be disclosed if we are compelled by law or legal process to disclose it. We will make commercially reasonable efforts to see that your information is treated in compliance with this Privacy Statement.

Children

Children under 13 should not send any information about themselves to us, including information like your name, address or email address until a parent or guardian has first given permission. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum takes this principle seriously and will not accept orders or purchases from persons who have not verified their age.

Membership & Ticket Purchases & Refunds

Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets to events are non-refundable.

Hands-On Store Purchases and Refunds

At the Hands-On Store, we stand behind our products, and we genuinely hope you enjoy your purchase. If for any reason you are not satisfied with a product you may return the product to us within 30 days. Returned merchandise must be unused and returned in original packaging. Please include a copy of your sales receipt with your shipment, and indicate whether you would prefer a refund or an exchange of the item. Return shipping costs will be paid by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in the event of damaged or defective merchandise only. Returns should be made to the address at the end of this Privacy Statement.

Policy Changes and Website Maintenance

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum may, from time to time, determine that changes in its policies, including this Privacy Statement, are prudent. If any such changes are made, they will be posted on this website. You should review the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Privacy Statement and other policies posted on this site for potential changes when you return to the site for future visits.

 

If you experience problems with the Museum’s website, your membership or the Museum’s services, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact us at: 734.995.5439 or 220 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, or use our Contact Us Form.

 

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Resources for Media Professionals

Welcome to our Press Room. Find out more about the Museum and what's going on here by clicking one of the links below.

Facts & Figures

  • Over five million people have visited the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum since 1982.
  • The Museum is a regional destination, drawing 67% of its visitors from outside Washtenaw County.
  • Annual attendance (onsite and offsite) has grown in the last ten years from 200,000 to 281,000 in 2014.
  • Family membership continues to grow, with more than 5,700 members in 2014.
  • Over the years, the Museum has received national recognition from the National Science Foundation , the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of Science & Technology Centers, and the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.
  • Creature Feature and TechTwilight, our signature events continue to be incredibly successful with more than 1,440 people attending the events in 2014.
  • More than 700 groups visited the Museum on Field Trips in 2014 and we provided subsidies, thanks to the Discover Science Assistance Fund, to 176 schools.
  • Our Outreach programs served more than 45,000 people in 2014 and were delivered to schools, libraries, community centers, camps, and festivals, throughout Michigan (including the annual tour of the Upper Peninsula) and in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  • Our Distance Learning programs reached more than 8,000 people in 2014 throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
  • Our Birthday Parties had more than 7,000 guests.
  • The Museum partnered with Ann Arbor Rec & Ed to present Summer Camps in 2014.
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Visit Us

734.995.5439
220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Museum Hours:

Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 9 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 8
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday:  10 - 5
Sunday: Noon - 5

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Admission:
$12 for Adults and Children
$5 after 5pm on Thurs only
Free for Babies 0-23 months