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Attractions - University of Michigan Campus

Main Campus

The following attractions are within easy walking distance of the AAPT meeting venues, with the possible exception of the Michigan Stadium. Unless indicated, call ahead for tour times.

Burton Tower - UMICH Campus

Charles Baird Carillon, Burton Memorial Tower

881 N. University Avenue
(734) 764-1817

The third-heaviest carillon in the world contains 55 bells, weighing from 31 pounds to 12 tons. Playing depends on the departure of birds nesting in the tower.

Hill Auditorium

825 N. University Avenue
(734) 764-8350

Designed by Albert Kahn, this internationally acclaimed auditorium has hosted renowned classical and contemporary music for over a quarter century. Renovated in 2006.

Michigan Stadium – "The Big House"

1201 S. State Street
(734) 647-2583

Home of the University of Michigan Wolverines, closed for general visitation until Fall, 2010 due to renovations.

Michigan Theater

603 E. Liberty Street
(734) 668-TIME

Presenting specialty films, home of the Ann Arbor Symphony

Detroit Observatory

1398 E. Ann Street
(734) 763-2230

Centerpiece of early efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the U. S., the building is essentially as it was in 1854 with original astronomical instruments intact and operational. Completely restored in 1998. Open for tours twice a month.

Exhibit Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

1109 Geddes Avenue
(734) 763-4190

Open Monday through Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 12 to 5, exhibits include dinosaurs and prehistoric life, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, and geology; planetarium offers a 360-degree domed screen that surrounds the audience, shows daily at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.

Museum of Art

525 South State Street
(734) 764-0395

Re-opened in March 2009 following expansion which more than doubled the space available for collections display, temporary exhibitions, programs and educational exploration, fulfilling the Museum's mission to bridge visual art and contemporary culture, scholarship and accessibility, tradition and innovation.

Nichols Arboretum

Washington Heights at Nichols Drive
(734) 747-7600

Near the University of Michigan Hospital and downtown, the Arb offers 123 acres of living museum featuring trails, riverfront, peony, and lilac gardens.

Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

1011 N. University Avenue
(734) 763-0767

Exhibits represent dental technology from the late 1700's through the 1960's, dental office settings from the pre-electric era to the 1940's, dentistry in the military, oral hygiene, St. Apollonia, patron saint of dentistry, dentistry for children, and dental x-ray equipment.

William L. Clements Library

909 S. University Avenue
(734) 764-2347

Next to the President's House, this museum houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the 15thto the early 20thcenturies

North Campus

The university provides free bus service between the central campus and the north campus. For schedule and route information, see http://pts.umich.edu/taking_the_bus/routes/

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

1000 Beal Avenue
(734) 205-0555

Official archives of President Gerald R. Ford, open for special exhibits, group tours, special programs, historical research. Free on-site parking.

The Wave Field

Hayward Avenue

Designed by artist Maya Lin (VietnamVeterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC), the outdoor waves of earth sculpture is located behind the Francis-XavierBagnoldBuilding.

Bentley Historical Library

1150 Beal Avenue
(734) 764-3482

Official archives of The University of Michigan, the museum documents the history of the state of Michigan, the activities of its people, organizations, and voluntary associations.

Stearns Musical Collection

1100 Baits Drive
(734) 763-4389

Housing more than 2,000 musical instruments, this internationally known collection is the largest of its kind in any North American university. Group visits and guided tours available on request.

Gallery at Duderstadt Center

2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
(734) 763-3266

Exhibits work by University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff in a variety of media, with special emphasis on digital media.

Pierpont Commons

2101 Bonisteel Blvd.

Good place to get a bite to eat on North Campus.

Walgreen Drama Center and Arthur Miller Theatre

1226 Murfin Street
(734) 647-3327

Funded by a $10 million gift from 1938 College of Pharmacy alumnus, Charles Walgreen, Jr., the theater is the only one to bear Arthur Miller's name.

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