• Field Trip

    More than 250 interactive science, technology, energy and health exhibits await students of all ages.  We’re experts at making sure that bringing your group to the Museum is smooth sailing all the way. Discounted admission for groups of 20 or more!

  • ScienceWorks

    Your students become scientists during our ScienceWorks Labs. All programs align with National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core State Standards. Labs are available year-round for preschool to middle school students.

  • Outreach

    It's Science on Wheels: We bring the Museum to you!  We offer fun, inquiry-based programs for the students in your classroom, library, festival or youth center! All programs address objectives outlined in the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and include pre- and post-visit activities.

  • Distance Learning

    Our educators use videoconferencing to engage your students in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Program kits sent to classroom teachers include nearly everything you need for experiments. Kits are yours to keep! All programs address National Science Education Standards and align with Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations.

  • Professional Development

    Join us for fast-paced, hands-on teacher workshops that provide elementary and middle school educators with new hands-on tools for incorporating interactive science and math activities into your classroom.  Join us for professional development opportunities both at the museum and at your school.

  • Scout Camp-Ins

    Stay overnight with us as we dive deep into science experiments! These events are designed especially for our Scout audience. 

  • Summer Camp

    Explore week-long science and math activities in conjuntion with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed.  Elementary and middle school children can investigate a different theme each week through hands-on and engaging fun.

  • Birthday Parties

    What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special!

  • Museum Rental

    Discover a unique, dynamic opportunity that will delight guests at your next function. The Museum is available after hours for receptions, award dinners, corporate meetings, client appreciation, bar and bat mitzvah, birthdays, holiday parties and more for up to 300 people. The Museum’s exhibit areas are open for guests to explore. 

Whether held at our place or yours, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum education programs and exhibits provide opportunities for children and adults to: Awaken curiosity, stimulate observation and exploration skills, and enhance school curriculum

Our Museum educators design programs that address state and national science and technology education standards. Check out individual program descriptions to learn more about the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations addressed by each program.

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Field Trip

Field Trip

Plan an adventure with your students where knowledge is your destination. Students of all ages can explore over 250 interactive science and technology exhibits. Extend your hands-on adventure by booking a ScienceWorks lab. All programs align with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations.  Register today!

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ScienceWorks

Preschool Lab: All About Our Senses (Ages 3-5)

Explore four of the five senses. Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Come play with us and explore sight, sound, smell and touch. Register today!

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Preschool Lab: Music and Movement (Ages 3-5)

Young children explore science and music through pitch, tempo, beat and dynamics and learn how these blend to create music. Register today!

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Standard Lab: Marvelous Magnets (K-1st)

Learn about magnets as we sort materials into magnetic and non-magnetic groups. Explore whether all metals are magnetic, make magnets attract and repel, even get them to float in mid-air! Register today!

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Standard Lab: Slime Time! (K-1st)

Investigate the states of matter by measuring and mixing ingredients for two types of slime. Is it a solid, a liquid or something in between? Use your senses to find out and get ready to get messy! Register today!

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Standard Lab: Bright Idea (2nd-3rd)

Explore light and optics as we learn how light travels, the difference between reflection and refraction. Discover what color light really is using flashlights, lenses, special glasses and more. Register today!

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Standard Lab: Force and Simple Machines (2nd-3rd)

Push and pull your way through an exploration of force and simple machines. We’ll learn the golden rule of simple machines and explore how levers and inclined planes can make your work easier! Register today!

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Standard Lab: Water Cycle (2nd-4th)

Look beyond the four stages of the water cycle and get a first-hand look at the many paths of a water molecule. Where does the rain come from and where does it go after it hits the ground? With activities and movement, students begin to answer these and other questions about water. Register today!

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Standard Lab: Sound Science (3rd-4th)

Discover the energy in sound waves and make waves that travel through different states of matter. Listen for pitch and frequency, and discover the amazing physics of sound. Register today!

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Standard Lab: Circuit Masters (4th-5th)

Students will be “wired” after this electrifying introduction to circuits. Explore the two types of circuits and the parts that make them work. Build a burglar alarm and more with our safe, interlocking electronic components. Register today!

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Standard Lab: The Ups and Downs of Roller Coaster Physics (4th-6th)

Students will experiment with momentum, kinetic and potential energy by building roller coasters in teams. Let the forces of physics take you for a ride! Register today!

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*NEW* Premium Lab: Rockin' Fossils (3rd-5th)

Take a look at actual fossils and discover the clues hidden within that will help you learn something about life millions of years ago. Students will excavate their own prehistoric animals and plants, learn about the planet’s various geologic processes and follow along in the story of fossilization. Register today!

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Premium Lab: Cow Eye Dissections (5th-8th)

Investigate how the eye works by dissecting a real cow eye. Students connect the functions observed to the structures within the eye. Register today!

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Premium Lab: Crime Lab Caper (5th-8th)

Someone has broken into the Museum van and stolen a laptop! Become Museum detectives and use forensic science and real lab techniques to analyze evidence to crack the case. Register today!

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*NEW* Premium Lab: Flying Toys (5th-8th)

Explore the science of flight by designing and creating flying toys. Participants will learn all about flying while making a variety of airborne toys.  Register today!

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Outreach

FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Young Scientist Night

Get your preschoolers engaged in science. This collection of 15 activities is great for the youngest of scientists. Activities include measurement, animal adaptations, mixing colors, magnets and more.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Mathematics

Math, with a science twist. You won’t believe how much fun it is — see math activities you have never seen before.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Natural Science

We bring ecology and biology together for a creative exploration of the natural world.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Physical Science

Chemistry and physics combine to give you a unique look into how the world works.  Register today!

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Variety Night

We offer you a wide range of science and math activities — a little bit of everything — physics, chemistry, biology, math, earth science! We even have a Variety Night for middle school audiences.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Fossil Record

We’ll take a look at actual fossils and find clues hidden within that will help us learn something about life millions of years ago. Students will get to invent their own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization, and learn about our planet’s various biologic and geologic processes.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Egg Drop Soup

The classic egg drop experiment! Students are given credits to purchase materials to protect their egg from damage in freefall. Concepts in this workshop range from gravity to economics.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Chemistry

Awaken the chemist in you. Students explore states of matter and what happens when you go between them. They’ll learn the difference between a physical and a chemical change.  Register today!

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Customizable Series Workshops

Call us and we will work together to deliver unique custom workshops that are full of fun and discovery. You never know what’s possible until you ask! For more information contact the Daytime Outreach Program Manager at 734.995.5439 or send an email with our Contact Us form.

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WORKSHOP Circuits

Introduces information on the principles of electricity and circuits. Test these principles by using interlocking components to build your own circuits.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Extreme Physics of Motion

60-minutes of Roller Coasters and 30-minutes with the Newtonian Catch. Newtonian Catch is a large physics demonstration where participants experience relative motion first-hand. Please call for details!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Magnetism

Use magnets to perform tasks and learn basic magnet vocabulary. Explore how magnets work and how we use them in our daily lives.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Boomerangs: Flying with Style

Learn all about flying in this aerodynamic workshop! Participants will make a variety of airborne toys and explore the physics of flight.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Bubbles all Around

Take a look at surface tension in this interactive, bubble adventure. Students will learn how to make and measure different bubbles.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Crime Lab

Students are immersed in the intriguing world of forensics as they work together to solve a mock crime.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Roller Coasters in your Classroom (4th - 12th)

You provide the floor space and we’ll provide the excitement and learning. What better way to learn about the physics of energy, force and motion than through hands-on science?  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Human Body

Not a single machine ever designed can hold a candle up to the complexity and elegance of the human body. In this workshop, students will learn all about how this complex machine actually works.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Sound Science

Explore the different properties of sound. Experiment with waves and vibration. How does sound travel through different substances? Test out your hypotheses!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Lights and Optics

Shed a new light on science in this interactive workshop. Learn how to use the scientific method to explore what we know about the nature of light.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Physics of Light and Sound

All we see and hear come together as one in this workshop. Discover the similarities between sound and light.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Water Cycle

Look beyond the four stages of the water cycle and get a first-hand look at the many paths of a water molecule. Where does the rain come from and where does it go after it hits the ground? With activities and movement, students begin to answer many questions about water.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP A Bug's Eye View

Experience the alien world of arthropods through this special, interactive workshop. Fun activities and lively demonstrations give students a first-hand look at insects, arachnids and more with plenty to touch!  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Simple Machines

Learn the golden rule of “force for distance” by testing it yourself. Discover how simple machines reduce effort to make work easier.  Register today!

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SUMMER SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Summer Science Festival can bring a unique, interactive component to your festival, summer camp, or special event for kids of all ages!  Register today!

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Young Scientist Club

Activities include measurement, magnets, animal adaptations, mixing colors and more.  Register today!

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Science Variety Day

Includes activities from biology, ecology, physics, chemistry, math. We can customize this to fit your needs.  Register today!

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SUPER SCIENCE DAY Super Math Day

Math activities for elementary or middle school students.  Register today!

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AUDITORIUM Try-This-At-Home and Other Demos

We’ll showcase interactive, try-this-at-home activities in an auditorium setting. We’ll also bring along a few demonstrations involving dry ice and liquid nitrogen!  Register today!

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AUDITORIUM The Scientific Method: An Interactive Show

Kickoff your science fair season with this interactive dramatic lesson on the Scientific Method. We’ll bring along an experiment about sound to present in an auditorium setting. Register today!

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AUDITORIUM What the MEAP do YOU know?

Step right up and beat the testing-blues with our Outreach Team. This program combines important test-taking strategies with science and math review in a highly interactive presentation.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP The Universe

The program begins with an astronomy "orientation" that features lively demonstrations to illustrate the concepts that are important to understanding the study of the stars and ends inside our portable, inflatable planetarium known as StarLab.  Register today!

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WORKSHOP Roller Coasters in your Classroom (K - 8th)

You provide the floor space and we’ll provide the excitement and learning. What better way to learn about the physics of energy, force and motion than through hands-on science?  Register today!

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Distance Learning

*NEW* Cold Blooded Classification- REPTILES

Leslie Science & Nature Center joins us with LIVE reptiles in our lab as we explore what makes a reptile a reptile. Feel the snake or lizard skin specimens we send you while you learn the adaptations that make these animals so successful in the wild. Register today!

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*NEW* Walking Up a Food Chain

Together with the Leslie Science & Nature Center, we will create a food chain using LIVE animals (hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach). Along the way we will discuss how they survive in the wild. Register today!

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Halloween Slime Time

We will explore our smoky cauldron and mysterious concoctions as we make two types of slime with students. Younger students use their slime to investigate three states of matter. Older students investigate the properties of polymers. Gooey concoctions are perfect for Halloween fun!    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Slime Time and States of Matter

Behave like molecules in solids, liquids and gases. Explore three states of matter by making two types of slime. Older students will learn about the properties of polymers.   Award-winning program!   Register today!

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Critters in the Cold

Students will learn about animal adaptations to extreme weather with hands-on experiments and even take a virtual trip to Antarctica. Join us as we learn how animals such as penguins live and have babies during extreme weather.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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*Enhanced* Ahoy! The Wonders of Water

Land Ho! Go on a high seas adventure examining the wondrous properties of water. Take a journey into a drop of water and examine the structure and behavior of water molecules. Come explore surface tension, why things sink or float, and other unique properties of water with a series of hands-on experiments with Captain Waterpants as your guide.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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The Fossil Record

Together we’ll take a look at actual fossils and discuss how you can find the clues that they hide and how to interpret their stories that unfolded millions of years ago. Invent your own prehistoric animals, follow along in the story of fossilization, and discuss fossil finds like real paleontologists.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Fraction Interaction

It’s the fraction game show! Students will find out how much they know about fractions as they work together to survive three rounds while constructing, observing and dancing to solve math problems. Fractions can be fun!    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Owls from the Inside Out

Get up close to owls as an avian expert from Leslie Science & Nature Center (Ann Arbor, MI) uses live birds to compare and contrast the characteristics of different owl species. Learn how owls have adapted to a predatory way of life. Dissect real owl pellets to investigate the diet of a barn owl. Learn about food chains and the role of avian predators in an ecosystem. Gain an introduction to skeletal anatomy and prey identification.    Award-winning program! Register today!

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Dissecting a Cow's Eye

Get your goggles on! Dissect a cow's eye to understand how each structure works together to provide the sense of sight, just like your human eye. After the program, work with your class on a series of optical illusions to see how your eyes and brain work together to bring you visual messages.     Award-winning program! Register today!

Museum provides cow eyes, gloves and safety glasses (yours to keep); school must provide its own dissection tools.

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Professional Development

From Tech Shy to Tech Savvy: Teaching Science with Technology

March 31, 2014 9am to 4pm at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. This STEM workshop will guide participants through hands-on and inquiry based learning activities using Vernier sensors and other technology. Register today!

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Scout Camp-Ins

Friday, January 24th, 2014 – CSI (Girl Scout Juniors)

This all night event for girls allows you to be the forensic scientist, and spend the evening solving a crime here at the Museum!

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Friday, February 28th, 2014 - Engineering (Webelos)

From circuits to catapults, design your own engineering masterpieces.

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Friday, March 28th, 2014 - Jack-of-all Sciences (Cub Scouts)

From simple machines to slime, explore the many facets of science.

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Summer Camp

River ROVing (Grades 4-6)

This program is offered in partnership with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed, and all registration will be handled through the Rec&Ed.  Camp is located offsite. Click here for more information and to register today!

Explore the mysterious underwater world where robots do all the work. Become a marine biologist and build underwater ROVs to collect data about animals who live in aquatic environments. Campers develop engineering skills to monitor changes in aquatic environments and create positive impactful strategies.

Camp meets June 23-27, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

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It's Not Magic, It's Science (Grades 1-4)

This program is offered in partnership with Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, and all registration will be handled through the Rec&Ed. Camp is located offsite. Click here for more information and to register today!

Campers become a hybrid of Albert Einstein and Harry Houdini in this mind-bending week! Campers learn that magic tricks all have a bit of science behind them. We will use magnetism and static electricity to make objects levitate, write with invisible ink and make water defy gravity. Campers prepare all week for a spectacular magic show that they will perform for their friends and family.

Camp meets July 7-11, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

Location: Haisley Elementary, 825 Duncan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Phone: (734) 994-1937

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Fizz, Bang, Glow (Grades 2-5)

This program is offered in partnership with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed, and all registration will be handled through the Rec & Ed.  Camp is located offsite. Click here for more information and to register today!

From to fizzing reactions to colorful crystals, learn about the chemistry that happens all around us in this weeklong camp! Campers blow bubbles to explore properties of matter, build models of the world around them, and perform reactions that fizz, bang, and glow. Between experiments, hands-on activities, take-home projects, and demos - everyday will be full of fun!

Camp meets July 14 - 18, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

Location: Haisley Elementary, 825 Duncan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Phone: (734) 994-1937

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Eureka! Inventing for a New Planet (Grades 2-5)

This program is offered in partnership with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed, and all registration will be handled through the Rec&Ed.  Camp is located offsite. Click here for more information and to register today!

Campers embark on an adventure to another planet - and engineer and invent along the way! Using both digital and physical resources, campers tackle the design and engineering processes inventors use to generate mechanical, chemical, and digital creations. They create toys and tools that work in this strange environment and a digital story of their experiences and findings.

Camp meets July 21-25, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

Location: Haisley Elementary, 825 Duncan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Phone: (734) 994-1937

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Science Behind the Curtain (Grades 1-5)

This program is offered in partnership with Ann Arbor Rec&Ed, and all registration will be handled through the Rec&Ed. Camp is located offsite. Click here for more information and to register today!

Learn about the science of the stage in this fun-filled week. Campers will journey through the process of putting on a puppetry show while learning the inner workings of what happens back stage. We will explore the engineering of set and prop design and the science behind lighting and sound.

Camp meets Aug 25-29, Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm

Location: Eberbach Cultural Arts Building B, 1220 S Forest, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: (734)994-2900

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Birthday Parties

Volcano Party Activity

What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on volcano activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special! Register for your party today!

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Miniature Rocket Party Activity (ages 6+)

What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on miniature rocket activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special! Register for your party today!

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Slime Party Activity

What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on slime-making activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special!  Register for your party today!

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Lava Lamp Party Activity (ages 5+)

What do you get when you mix one part science, one part fun, and one part celebration? A birthday party at the Museum! Experience a birthday full of discovery by exploring more than 250 exhibits and experimenting with a hands-on lava lamp activity. Celebrate in a unique and interactive environment to make your special day really special!  Register for your party today!

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Museum Rental

Museum Rental

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum ignites the imagination of event planners and party guests alike with more than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits. The Museum’s exhibit areas are open for guests to explore. Discover a unique, dynamic opportunity that will delight guests at your next function. The Museum is available to members after hours for receptions, award dinners, corporate meetings, client appreciation, bar and bat mitzvah, birthdays, holiday parties and more for up to 300 people.

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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:
$11 for Adults and Children
$5 after 5pm on Thurs only
Free for Babies 0-23 months