The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, specializes in interactive exhibits with the goal of helping both children and adults discover the scientist within them by promoting science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum began as a touring collection of exhibits in 1978. It was built by local specialists with the help of volunteers. In 1982, the museum opened at its permanent location in a historic brick firehose.
During the museum's first year of operation, it welcomed 25,000 guests. Children and adults both expressed great curiosity and enthusiasm, which pushed the museum to accelerate its expansion plans. Four years later, the museum opened the third and fourth floors of the firehouse with the help of a Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant. In 1993, the museum purchased several adjoining buildings, which led to the introduction of expanded facilities and educational programs in October 1999.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum now features over 250 interactive exhibits on subjects including physics, geology, math, music, and technology while entertaining over 200,000 visitors each year. More than just a local attraction, the museum has become a regional destination that draws more than 60 percent of its visitors from outside the Ann Arbor area. It has received national recognition by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Take a look at their Infinite Dream Machine below.
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