Ann Arbor Information

Ann Arbor -- often abbreviated as AA or A2 -- is in southeast Michigan, 35 miles north of the Ohio border and 45 miles west of Detroit, near where the furthest exurban fringes give way to country and small towns. Founded in 1824, it was originally named "Annarbour" after the two founders' wives (Ann Allen and Mary Ann Rumsey) and an arbor of burr oak trees on the village site (although some have theorized that the name arose from an arbor of roses or grapes). Today the city has a population of about 115,000 people, not including the transient college students, or the thousands of visitors who come to town for football games and various festivals. Ann Arbor is a picturesque city surrounding the University of Michigan. It has a strong bent toward the arts, and an attractive and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors enjoy the city's wonderful sidewalk cafe dining, unique shops, lots of bookstores, and abundant cultural opportunities.

Some of the top choices for visitors around the city include:

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
+1 734-995-5439
The Mission of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology. Our Vision is to be the leader in imaginative and interactive learning experiences. Discover the scientist within you at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum as you experiment with more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination.

University of Michigan Football Stadium
101 Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
+1 734-747-2583
Michigan Stadium. The Big House. Home of Michigan Football. One of the country's most classic, widely recognized sporting facilities, Michigan Stadium has come to symbolize the pride, tradition and excellence of the University of Michigan. There is truly no place like it on a fall Saturday afternoon.

Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
+1 734-764-0478
The Exhibit Museum of Natural History is a dynamic, evolving organization committed to promoting the understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. We accomplish this through creative educational programs and exhibits for the benefit of the University community, school groups, and the general public. The Museum provides a window onto the research in Natural Sciences conducted at the University of Michigan.