The mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Our vision is to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences. Thanks to a steadfast belief in the power of STEAM 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 295,000 visitors in the last year. We have over 7,750 family members, demonstrating the ongoing value found in our many exhibits and programs.
AAHOM opened 33 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.
In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world.
At the Museum
Come on a Field Trip and find more than 250 interactive science, technology, energy, and health exhibits for your students of all ages. Your students become scientists during our 50-minute ScienceWorks Labs that provide hands-on experience with a variety of topics.
At Your Site
We bring the Museum to you with our Outreach Program. We offer fun, inquiry-based programs for students in your classroom, library, festival, or youth center.
Through our Distance Learning Program, our educators use videoconferencing to engage your students in a dynamic, interactive, hands-on learning experience.
Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.