Things To Do On UM Ann Arbor Campus

Ken Latta klatta
Wed Sep 29 16:33:22 UTC 1993

Things to do at the University of Michigan
 [Collected by the University of Michigan Campus Information Center,
  313/763-INFO; updated 7/23/92.]
Admission to the following sights is free unless otherwise noted.
*    Bentley Historical Library 1150 Beal Ave. (North Campus),
       764-3482.  Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm;
          SA 9am-12:30pm.
     This research facility containing information on Michigan's
     history, U-M archives, and the Michigan Historical
     Collection has periodic public displays.
*    Burton Memorial Tower Thayer at N. University,
     212 foot tower houses the 100 ton Baird Carillon, the third
     largest musical instrument in the world, with bells ranging
     from 12 pounds to 12 tons.  The 10th floor bell chamber is
     open to the public M-F 12pm-12:30pm when University classes
     are in session.
*    Clements Library of Americana 909 S. University,
          764-2347.  Hours: M-F 10:30am-12pm, 1pm-5pm.
     Contains rare books, manuscripts, and other documents
     tracing American history from Columbus' time to the 19th
     century.  Exhibits reflect American development through the
*    Fairlane Mansion 4901 Evergreen Rd. (U-M Dearborn)
          593-5590.  Tours: SU year round 1pm-4:30pm;
          April-Dec., M-SA leaving on the hour (10am-3pm, excl.
     Henry Ford donated his magnificent estate to U-M Dearborn.
     Admission: Adults $6, seniors $5, children under five and
     University staff and students are free.  Guided nature tours
     of the grounds are $3; package tour of grounds and house $7.
*    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library 1000 Beal Ave. (North
       Campus), 668-2218.  Hours: M-F 8:45am-4:45pm.
     Contains Gerald Ford's historical records and files as
     Congressperson, Vice-President, and President.  There are
     rotating displays in the lobby.
*    Kelsey Museum of Archeology 434 S. State St., 764-9304.
       Hours: Sept.-April, M-F 9am-4pm; SA-SU 1pm-4pm; SU gallery
       talks 2pm.  May-Aug., TU-F 11am-4pm; SA-SU 1pm-4pm.
     Features artifacts from excavations in the Mediterranean and
     Near East.  Free admission; tours by appointment available
     for groups of 15 or less for 50c per person.
*    Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.,
          998-7061.  Hours: conservatory _ daily 10am-4:30pm;
       grounds and trails _ daily 8am-sunset.
     Includes marked hiking trails, landscaped gardens, and a
     greenhouse (conservatory) with plants from all over the
     world.  Tours available by arrangement three weeks in
     advance.  General admission: $1, children under six and
     U-M students free.
*    Michigan Stadium Corner of Main and Stadium,
          747-2583.  Hours: M-F 10am-3pm.
     View the largest college owned stadium in the USA.  Built in
     1927, its official capacity is 101,701 (although attendance
     figures of 105,000 have been recorded).  Enter through Gate
     #2, off Stadium Blvd.
*    Museum of Art (Alumni Memorial Hall) Corner of S. University
       and State, 764-0395.  Hours: TU-F 10am-4pm; SA 10am-5pm;
       SU 1pm-5pm; closed Mondays.
     Includes sculptures, drawings, prints and decorative art
     from the middle ages to the present from around the world.
     Free tours for individuals and groups.
*    Nichols Arboretum Entrances on Geddes and on
          Washington Heights.  Hours: daily 6am-10pm.
     144 acres of rolling hills, trees, natural and man-made
     habitats, and the Huron River.  It's a good place for walks,
     picnics, and relaxing.
*    Phoenix Memorial Laboratory and Ford Nuclear Reactor 2301
       Bonisteel Blvd. (North Campus),
          764-6220.  Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; May-Aug., M-F
     Built as a memorial to the U-M students and alumni who died
     in World War II, the
     Laboratory encourages teaching and research on peaceful uses
     of nuclear energy.  Tours of Phoenix Lab and Ford Reactor
     available by appointment.
*    Exhibit Museum 1109 Geddes, 764-0478. Hours: TU-SA 9am-5pm;
       SU 1pm-5pm; closed Mondays.
     Includes the Hall of Evolution (with dinosaurs' skeletons),
     displays of Michigan plant and animal life, mineral and
     biological displays, and dioramas of Native American life
     and the lives of other cultures.  Tours for groups by
     appointment TU-F for a fee of $1 per person.
*    Rare Books and Special Collections 7th Floor Graduate
       Library, 764-9377. Hours: M-F 10am-12pm, 1pm-5pm; SA
     Contains rare books and manuscripts dating back to the 3rd
     century BC and the Labadie collection of anarchist
     literature; periodic exhibits scheduled.
*    Regents' Plaza Between LS&A and Administration Buildings.
     Of special interest is the sculpture designed by Michigan
     alumnus Bernard Rosenthal.  Despite the cube's 2,400 pound
     weight, it spins on its axis with a push.
*    Planetarium 1109 Geddes (Exhibit Museum), 764-0478.
       Showtimes: SA 10:30am, 11:30am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm; SU 2pm, 3pm
       4pm; M-F groups only by appointment.
     The 50 minute star shows are both entertaining and
     educational. Saturday morning shows are geared toward small
     children; children under five not admitted to afternoon
     shows.  Admission: SA morning shows, $1.50; SA & SU
     afternoon shows, $2.
*    Slusser Gallery Room 1102, School of Art & Architecture
       (North Campus), 764-0397.
     School of Art gallery showing works of U-M faculty,
     students, alumni, as well as special outside exhibits.
*    Stearns Collection School of Music (North Campus),
     Contains over 2,000 old and rare musical instruments from
     all over the world. Special programs often featured Sunday
     afternoons from September-March.  Call for hours.
*    Ann Arbor Art Fair 662-3382.  Comprised of three different
     art fairs, this event is held in the streets of Ann Arbor
     the third week of July and showcases the work of nearly
     1,000 artists.  Other related activities include
     performances, children's activities, demonstrations, and
     sidewalk sales.
*    Ann Arbor Film Festival 995-5356.  Sponsors 16mm films of
     contemporary artists every March.
*    Ann Arbor Pow Wow 763-9044.  This celebration of Native
     American culture and heritage takes place in March and
     includes traditional music and dance.
*    Greek Week 663-4505.  Fraternities and sororities team up in
     March to raise money for philanthropies and have fun in the
     process.  Events range from the Greek Sing (talent show) to
     bed races and pizza eating contests.
*    Homecoming 763-1107.  U-M alumni and students join together
     in the fall to honor the University and enjoy a Big-10 game,
     complete with parades, contests, and parties at the Union.
*    May Festival 764-2538.  The University Musical Society hosts
     a world-famous symphony orchestra for a series of
     performances featuring well-known soloists.
*    Parents Weekend 763-9755.  Sponsored by the Student Alumni
     Council in the fall of each year. Parents (as well as
     relatives and friends) can enjoy a weekend of football,
     food, and fun while seeing the campus through their
     students' eyes.
*    Siblings Weekend 763-9755.  Students invite brothers and
     sisters of all ages to spend a weekend in March exploring
     the U-M campus.  Activities are planned by the Student
     Alumni Council.
*    Intercollegiate athletic events.  For information
     contact the Athletic Ticket Office, 764-0247, or the Campus
     Informatin Center (CIC) 763-INFO, or the Varsity Sport
     Schedules in GOpherBLUE. Use of U-M recreational facilities
     requires current student status, or a Facilities User Pass.
     See the brochure Things to Do in Ann Arbor for visitors' facilities.
*    Golf. The University of Michigan Golf Course is located at
     Stadium Blvd. and Main St., 663-5005. One member of the
     party must be connected with the University (student,
     faculty, staff, alumni, letter winner).
*    Ice Skating. The Yost Ice Arena is located on State St. near
     Hoover, and is open to all, 764-4600.
***  FILMS
     Several non-profit, student groups show classic and
     contemporary films in campus buildings at reduced prices.
     Call 763-FILM for a recording of the day's movies.
     Ann Arbor Film Cooperative                   769-7787
     Ann Arbor Film Society                       761-8286
     Cinema Guild                                 994-0027
     Hill Street Cinema                           769-0500
     M-Flicks (UAC)                               763-1107
     Michigan Theater Foundation                  668-8397
     Top of the Park (summer only)                747-2278
     U-M Program on Film & Video Studies          764-0147
     U-M Center for Japanese Studies              764-6307
     For a listing of first-run movies in Ann Arbor, call Ann
     Arbor, Briarwood, Fox Village, or Showcase Theaters.
*    Dance Department 763-5460.  Offers many concerts as well as
     introductory dance classes; open to all students.
*    Office of Major Events 763-5750.  Produces concerts, ranging
     from hard rock to folk, by renowned artists.
*    School of Music 764-0583.  Offers many free recitals and
     concerts given by professors and students.  Call the 24-Hour
     Music Hotline, 763-4726, for details.
*    Department of Theatre and Drama 764-5350.  Students
     participate in acting, directing, and designing four series
     each year:  University Players, Power Series, Spring Series,
     and Showcase Series.
*    University Activities Center 763-1107.  A student
     organization running MUSKET (theatre), the Comedy Company,
     the Soph Show, and much more.
*    University Club 763-2236.  The Michigan Union's U-Club hosts
     live and recorded entertainment in the evenings.  Call
     763-INFO for details.
*    University Musical Society 764-2538.  Offers concerts
     featuring symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and
     instrumental soloists from around the world.  It maintains
     the Choral Union and sponsors Handel's Messiah in December
     and the May Festival.
*    Other performing arts groups include the U-M Bands, the
     Gilbert and Sullivan Society, KUUMBA, Michigan Repertory
     Theatre, the Glee Clubs, and more.  Call 76-EVENT for
     information about upcoming campus events.

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