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Best Children’s Museums In Detroit

October 29, 2011 8:00 AM

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Museums have become a way for patrons and casual observers to connect with history, art and culture without having to leave the state. Learn about some of the best children’s museums including the Detroit Science Center and the Detroit Children’s Museum. -Christopher Nadeau
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Detroit Science Center

5020 John R St.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-8400
www.detroitsciencecenter.org

The interesting thing about DSC is that no matter what new exhibits arrive or new additions are made, it still feels like the same museum we visited as children. Most of the ground floor’s exhibits have been there for decades and kids still love the hands-on experience. Be sure to take in at least one IMAX show in the DSC dome, the only theater of its kind in the nation.

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Detroit Children’s Museum

6134 Second Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-8100
www.sciencedetroit.org

The Detroit Science Center took over operations of this museum from Detroit Public Schools in a move that was supposed to help reduce the DPS budget. The DSC’s approach is to make the 93-year old museum, which originally opened in 1917, more hands-on. In their hands, the museum has been refurbished and now features twice as many displays.

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The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination. (Credit: aahom.org)

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

220 E. Ann St.
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104
www.aahom.org

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination. The museum is a regional destination attracting over 200,000 visitors every year. It includes a preschool gallery specially designed for kids under five years old with water play, discovery boxes, a climbing structure and more.

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The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has done a great job of making its amazing destinations family friendly. (Credit: detroitriverfront.org)

Detroit RiverWalk

GM Plaza and Dequindre Cut GreenWay
Downtown Detroit
www.detroitriverfront.org

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has done a great job of making its amazing destinations family friendly. The RiverWalk includes the amazing Cullen Family Carousel , a nearby cafe with a simple, but diverse menu and educational amenities like the sculptured glass St. Lawrence Seaway Map. The walk-through/run-through fountains at the GM Plaza are a big hit with kids in the summer.

Christopher Nadeau is a published author of fiction and news articles who has written extensively on Metro Detroit Area museums for the Examiner. He knows there are museums he omitted from these lists but felt it important to include those he’d actually visited or with whom he’d corresponded. Check out Christopher’s blog and book.

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