Visitor FAQs

Is this just a children’s museum?

No, people of all ages enjoy the Museum. You are never too old to ignite your imagination!

What are the Museum’s hours?

For a complete listing of open hours, including holiday hours, see the Pricing and Hours page.

What are the admission rates for adults, children, seniors and students?

For a complete listing of admission prices see the Pricing and Hours page.

Is there a group rate or a family rate?

A pre-registered group rate of 20 or more people is $6 per person. There is not a family rate.  For more information see the Field Trips page.

How can I pay for admission?

The Museum accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Where do people park when visiting the Museum?

Suggested parking is the Ann St. parking structure, located on E. Ann St. between Main St. and Ashley St. Another city owned parking structure is located on the corner of Fourth St. and Washington St. There are also parking meters along the streets near the Museum (free on Sunday).  For a map showing the location of the the Museum and the Ann St. parking garage, see the Directions page.

Does the Museum have a cafeteria?

The Museum does not have a cafeteria, but there is a vending area with tables and chairs. Visitors may bring food along with them, but eating is allowed only in the vending area, located near the All About You gallery on the first floor.

Are there any restaurants close to the Museum?

Yes, there are many great places to eat within a few minutes walk. You may check with the admissions desk for maps and menus.

When is the quietest time for my family to visit?

From January through August the Museum can be quite busy with school field trips on weekday mornings. On most days field trip visitors have left by around 2:00 so weekday afternoons are usually quieter, but for the most accurate information we suggest that you call ahead to find out how many field trip visitors we expect to be here on the day you plan to visit. Weekends are frequently busy all day, but will be quieter on days when it is sunny and mild outside. September, October and November are our quietest months.

Is it possible to leave the Museum and return that day?

Admission is good for the day. If you wish to leave and return, you must show your receipt at the admissions desk at re-entry.

Can I use my membership from another museum to visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum?

Yes, the Museum participates in the ASTC passport program and the ACM reciprocal program. You must be a member of a fellow ASTC or ACM museum to receive free or reduced admission. Memberships from ASTC museums located within 90 miles will be charged 1/2 price admission. For complete information about membership reciprocity, see the Membership Reciprocity page.