Member Spotlight: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

hands-on-pic-(1)The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) opened 32 years ago in an historic firehouse in downtown Ann Arbor and quickly became the cornerstone of informal science education in the community. Today, the AAHOM occupies 40,000 square feet and features more than 250 interactive exhibits designed to promote science discovery and literacy. Nearly 5 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. The Museum is open to the public daily.

The AAHOM’s regional and national reputation was built on visionary planning and implementation of interactive STEaM-based exhibits; the delivery of groundbreaking educational programs to 47 counties throughout the state, 44 states across the country, and multiple foreign countries; and the unique ability to establish strong collaborative bonds with public and private organizations from a variety of disciplines.

Many of these relationships are formed through community activities and events. One of the most exciting is TechTwilight, an annual event coming on May 16 that provides local and regional companies with the opportunity to share their innovations with Museum guests and each other in a rousing evening of discovery. More information can be found at

Now in its 6th year, TechTwilight welcomes dozens of innovative companies who feature and demonstrate their advanced interactive technologies or science-based achievements. The event also provides opportunities for companies to sponsor regional student groups so they may share their science aspirations and knowledge though demonstrations, inventions, and activities. Most important, TechTwilight encourages young people to pursue careers in, and develop life-long interests in, science, technology, arts, and engineering.

For questions about the Museum, please call 734.995.5439 or visit