University of Michigan

ARTS, MUSEUMS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES:

University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 764-0395

Free to the public since its beginnings in 1856, the collection found a permanent home in Alumni Memorial Hall upon its completion in 1910.  The museums boasts African, American, Asian, and European collections of more than 18,000 objects collected over the last 150+ years.
Admission to the museum is always free; however, a $5 donation is suggested.
Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun. 12pm-5pm.

Jean Paul Slusser Gallery
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. 1st floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-0671
Located on North Campus, this gallery holds the School of Art & Architecture’s annual faculty, student, and alumni exhibitions, as well as juried exhibits throughout the year.
Admission is free.
Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm; Sat, 12pm-7 pm

Robbins Gallery
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. 2nd floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-0671

Established in 1985, each year a graduate student is chosen to direct the gallery and curate the exhibits.
Admission is free.
Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-8004

The Art Center showcases Michigan’s most innovative and talented artists with rotating, monthly exhibitions. The Gallery Shop offers unique artwork, crafts, jewelry and more created by regional artist.
$10 for non-members; Free for Art Center Members
Mon.-Sat., 10am-6 pm; Sun., 12pm – 5:30 pm. 

Ann Arbor Fairy Doors
Downtown Ann Arbor
In the early ‘90’s, tiny doors –opening into imaginary fairy homes–started appearing around downtown Ann Arbor. The doors are a delightful quirk to visitors and locals alike.
You can find a map of where to search for the fairy doors on the website. Read an interview with the fairy door artist on NPR here.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-5439

Over 250 interactive exhibits with themes such as science, physics, geology, music, math and technology. Great for kids of all ages.
$9 for non-members; Free for members
Mon.-Sat., 10am – 5pm; Sun. 12pm-5pm

Washtenaw County Historical Museum on Main Street
500 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-9092 ‎
The museum showcases permanent and rotating exhibits of the history of Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. The museum also offers a downloadable MP3 podcast of a historical walking tour of Ann Arbor on their website.
FREE Admission, but donations are appreciated.
Sat.-Sun., 12pm-4pm and by appointment
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Museum of Natural History & Zoology
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI‎ 48109

(734) 764-0480
This museum boasts the most extensive prehistoric life collection in the State of Michigan.  Exhibits of the natural sciences, anthropology, paleontology and zoology focus on specific University of Michigan research areas.  The statues in front of the museum depict the puma, an endangered species native to Michigan, as a symbol of grace and power.  Admission to the museum is always free; however, a $5 donation is suggested.
Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 12pm-5pm. 

Kelsey Museum of Archeology
434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 764-9304
This museum houses nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East.  The building was built in 1891 by the Student Christian Association, and later became home to the museum in 1928. 
Admission to the museum is always free; however, a $5 donation is suggested.
Tue.-Fri., 9am-4 pm; Sat.-Sun., 1 pm -4 pm.

Angell Hall Planetarium
Angell Hall, Rm. 3118
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 764-8291
Located inside the Department of Astronomy, the Planetarium is open for public shows on select Friday nights.  See the night sky from sunset to sunrise, as well as how the sun, moon and planets move throughout the year. 

 

THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Department Office: (734) 764-0583
Tickets: (734) 764-2538
Catch a play, musical or ballet on campus, or a concert by one of the many University ensembles, including the Michigan Pops Orchestra, the oldest student-run, student-directed collegiate pops orchestra in the United States.
See website for concert and performance schedules.

Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
911 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 763-3333
For over 50 years, this G&S Society has been dedicated to performing the works of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan.  The volunteer cast and crew of the oldest student operated G&S society in the nation puts on at least two productions a year at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, which is home to many theatrical productions and musical recitals. 

The Ark
316 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 761-1800
The Ark started in 1965 as a campus ministry coffee house for students to gather in a safe environment, and serve as a creative outlet for musicians and poets.  Today, no longer funded by the church, it is a non-profit organization for acoustic folk and roots music that draws international acts to its intimate 400-seat club.

The Michigan Theater
630 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Office: (734) 668-8397; Events/Films:  (734) 668-TIME
Constructed during the silent film era when films were shown with live musical accompaniment, The Historic Auditorium of the Michigan Theater showcases art house, foreign and classic films, as well as live entertainment, and is complete with a 1927 Barton Theater Pipe Organ, which is one of the only theater organs in existence that is still played in its original home on a regular basis. Even if the organ is not accompanying a film, it will probably serenade you as choose your seat and get comfortable!  The Screening Room, added in 1999, is reserved strictly for films and boasts a fully restored vintage Hammond C2 electric organ. The feeling of nostalgia makes movie-going a special event, not to mention they have the best movie popcorn around, made with real butter!