A classic movie palace built in 1928, the Michigan Theater served the Ann Arbor area for some fifty years before falling into disrepair. In 1979, a group of courageous citizens recognized the theater’s historic significance and saved it from the wrecking ball, and now, through the tireless efforts and generosity of its champions, this grand old theater is fully restored, serving the community with a diverse and innovative program of art house films and live events. Today, the Michigan Theater is:
• The highest-attended arts venue in the area, with programs that draw more than 250,000 visitors each year.
• Home to the largest art house film program in Michigan, a model for every other historic theater in North America.
• Host to an array of films, concerts, lectures, and other events, including the annual Cinetopia International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival USA screenings, Not Just for Kids professional live theater series, Summer Classics film series, Legends of Rock and Roll concert series, and more.
• Named an “Outstanding Historic Theater” by the League of Historic American Theatres for its exquisite restoration and preservation.
• Ann Arbor’s premier cultural destination, typifying the downtown area’s transformation into a thriving, modern, urban environment.
Memberships start at just $35 and provide a wealth of benefits, including discounted tickets, parking validation, exclusive events, and more. Visit michtheater.org for more information or visit us in person at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
UMMA- University of Michigan Museum of Art
The UMMA collection includes a wide variety of African, American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern and Modern Art featuring artists such as Delacroix, Monet, Rembrandt, Peale and Whistler. The museum houses one of the finest collections of prints in the world. The 2009 expansion into the 53,000 sq.ft. Maxine and Stuart Frankel Wing has more than doubled the museum display space. Regular visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Select public areas within the Frankel wing including the Commons and the Forum are open from 8 am to 10 pm daily (357 days a year). Admission is free, $5 donation suggested.
525 S. State Street
University of Michigan– Museum of Natural History
The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is a dynamic, evolving organization committed to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. Exhibits include displays of prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free to individuals and groups of ten or fewer, with a suggested donation of $6.
1109 Geddes Avenue
Telephone: (734) 764-0478
Kelsey Museum – University of Michigan Archaeological Museum
The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East in the new state-of-the-art William E. Upjohn Exhibit wing. Open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
434 S. State Street
Telephone: (734) 764-9304
UM Law Library – University of Michigan Law School Library and Law Quadrangle Courtyard
The Law Quadrangle’s superb collegiate gothic buildings, the gift of William C. Cook, LLB 1882, are inspirational and reflect the serious nature of the teachings and scholarship done at the School. The Law Quad consists of four buildings: The Lawyers Club (1925); the John C. Cook Dormitory (1930); the Legal Research Library (1931); and Hutchins Hall (1933). In January 2012, the existing facilities were further enlarged by both a new four-story academic building, South Hall, constructed in modified collegiate Gothic style, as well as a new glass-roofed gathering place for the Law School community, the Aikens Commons.
801 Monroe Street
Telephone: (734) 647-7352
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Features more than 250 interactive science and technology exhibits, the Hands On Museum is a delight for children of all ages. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
220 E. Ann Street at the corner of E. Huron
Telephone: (734) 995-5439