I have lived in Ann Arbor for over a month now, and I thought it is time I do a post on it. 😀
Ann Arbor is mostly known for being the home to the University of Michigan. The university is located close to its very bookish downtown, so if you ever drive through Michigan, Ann Arbor makes for a great pit stop. I will do a bookstore round up post later on, but today it is going to be “Ann Arbor by Foot“; a short itinerary.
So here you go… 🙂
Start your day by paying a visit to Museum of Natural History. It is situated right next to the Central Campus Transit Center of the university, so it is hard to miss. The museum displays some impressive dinosaur fossils, including two fossils of American Mastodon; the state fossil of Michigan, and exhibits of Michigan wildlife, anthropology, and geology. The museum also comprises of a Planetarium which has special shows scheduled during weekends, which you might want to check ahead of your visit. A thorough visit to the museum will take up to about three hours, and the museum have benches in place, if your feet ever betray you!
Opening hours: Mondays through Saturdays; 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Sundays; 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., Closed on; 1 January 1, 30 May 30, 4 July 4, 5 September 5, 24 November, 25-26 and 31 December
Entrance fee: Free ($6 suggested donation)
Next head downtown for lunch to Zingerman’s Delicatessen [$$] where no one should miss! (President Obama didn’t want to miss it, so why should you?!) You might have a wait in a line to place your order – it is that popular – but it will be all worth it!
After a fantastic meal, head back to North Campus. There are two museums located in the State Street. First head to University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). UMMA has several galleries in its diverse collection, works ranging from Asian to European and contemporary American cultures. This museum is a gem to anyone who is interested in art, and you can immerse yourself in Tiffany glass exhibits or paintings by artists such as Picasso, Monet, Franz Kline, or Pissaro, just to name a few.
Opening hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays; 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Sundays; 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., Closed on; Mondays and university holidays
Entrance fee: Free ($10 suggested donation)
Before calling it a day, visit Kelsey Museum of Archaeology situated not far from UMMA. The museum has a wide range of artifacts on its permanent exhibition collection, from Egyptian mummy coffins to dice made of bone.
My favorite exhibit is the Room of the Mysteries on the second floor, a replica of the murals in the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii done by Maria Barosso, an Italian artist. There are several interpretations on the frescoes, however no one can deny the overwhelming beauty of these Roman paintings. In the video below the making of the replicas are discussed in great detail.
Opening hours: Tuesdays through Fridays; 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays; 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., Closed on; Mondays and university holidays
Entrance fee: Free (donations are welcome)