About Us

Our Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is to create moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration and respect for STEM and the natural world. Our Vision is a world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow.

Trustees of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science & Nature Center

Don Burke, Chair Principal, Rehmann
Megan Torrance, Vice Chair CEO, TorranceLearning
Maurita Holland, Secretary Assoc. Professor Emerita, School of Information, University of Michigan
Matthias Bauer, Treasurer Managing Partner, Global Productivity Solutions, LLC
Paige Morrison, Member at Large Event Coordinator, PPM Events
Richard Chang, Member at Large CEO, NewFoundry
Cynthia L. Gardner, Immediate Past Chair Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, PNC Bank
Kira Barton Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Rosa Bushkuhl Senior Business Development Manager, Renewables Strategy & Transactions
Paul T. Fanson Senior Manager, Toyota Motor North America
Schuyler Ferguson Assoc. Attorney, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC
Mark Holtz Vice President, Bank of Ann Arbor
Wayne Millette CFO, Sensei Change Associates
Nick Schmidt High Net Worth Wealth Advisor
Mike Shriberg Great Lakes Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation


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Staff of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum


Mel Drumm President and Chief Executive Officer
Susan Westhoff Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director of Leslie Science & Nature Center
Carol Knauss Director of Operations
Gerry Diepenhorst Director of Facilities
David Clipner Director of Education and Wildlife
Brian Roberts Director of Finance


Sara Brintnall Development Manager
Vineta Chugh Exhibit Design + Fabrication
Jessica Ingolia Exhibit Design + Fabrication
Alice Klute Retail and Web Manager
Jan Klute Registration Coordinator
Dylan Larkins Exhibit Specialist
Allison Lawrence Program Coordinator
Nichole Lohrke Program Coordinator
Ari Morris Assistant Director of Operations
Andrea Reynolds Senior Outreach Manager
Derek Schrader Facility & Exhibit Tech
Charles Stout Exhibit Design + Fabrication


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Museum Profile

The mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) is to create moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the natural world. We envision a world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow. Thanks to a steadfast belief in the power of STEM when placed in the hands of pre-K through 8th graders, we enjoy one of the highest annual attendance rates at a science center in the State of Michigan: over 350,000 visitors in the last year. We have over 7,500 family members, demonstrating the value they find in our exhibits and programs.

AAHOM opened nearly 40 years ago in an historic firehouse in downtown Ann Arbor and quickly became the cornerstone of informal science education in the community. This was achieved by working with scientists, artists, designers, engineers, and innovators who transferred their extraordinary talents and knowledge into the creation of 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, with 20,000 devoted to exhibit space for 250+ interactive exhibits designed to promote science discovery and literacy.

Nearly six million visitors have visited AAHOM since it opened its doors in 1982, making it one of the most popular science centers in the State of Michigan. In the last fiscal year, October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019, 78% of AAHOM visitors came from five counties in Southeast Michigan as follows: Washtenaw (32.6%), Wayne (24.2%), Oakland (14.2%), Livingston (3.6%), and Macomb (3.0%). Our education programs align with State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards. Outreach and Distance Learning programs served over 30,000 individuals off site in FY19. 

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, families with patients at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House guests, Michigan EBT and Bridge Card holders, special needs children and adults, and ESL families. The Museum’s Discover Science Assistance Fund subsidizes Museum programming through on-site field trips, outreach, or distance learning programs, for schools where 50% or more of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Over the last fiscal year, we were proud to subsidize visits to over 200 schools, serving more than 15,000 students across 16 counties. We were able to accomplish this thanks to generous grants and donations to this fund. 

We accomplish our mission through the combined effort of our incredible team of full- and part-time staff, educators, and volunteers. We also rely on the generous support of our community of donors who, through their investment, enable our organization to grow and serve our community in new and diverse ways.  


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Auction Item Requests

The Museum is proud to give back to the community that supports our education mission by donating passes to schools and parent teacher organizations.  Please note that we receive hundreds of requests for donated items and are only able to give one set of 4 passes to a school per 12-month period.  We are not accepting applications from other groups such as scouts, 4H clubs, fraternal organizations, little league and sports events, medical research and patient support groups, etc. 

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. 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.



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2018-2022 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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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.


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 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

  • Nearly six million people have visited the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum since 1982.
  • The Museum is a regional destination, drawing 55% of its visitors from outside Washtenaw County.
  • Annual attendance (onsite and offsite) has grown significantly in the last twelve years from 200,000 to 350,000 in FY 2019.
  • Family membership continues to grow, with over 7,500 members in FY2019.
  • 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.
  • TechTwilight, our signature event continues to be incredibly successful with more than 1,500 people attending our 3-day event in 2019.
  • In FY19 the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provided subsidies, thanks to the Discover Science Assistance Fund to over 200 schools, serving more than 15,000 students across 16 counties.
  • Our Outreach programs and Distance Learning programs reached more than 30,000 people in FY19.
  • Our Birthday Parties had more than 6,000 guests.
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Visit Us

220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Tues - Sun: 10am - 5pm
(Closed Mondays)
Purchase Tickets Here

Click here for Holiday hours

Admission Prices

$16 for Adults and Children
Free for Babies 0-23 months
EBT/WIC discount info here.