February 2, 2004
Museums and More
The last thing you need is for me to give a list of more things to do.
With course work, clubs and organizations, your job, sporting events,
and inevitable socializing, you’re already probably feeling maxed
But the great thing about the U of M campus is that there are literally
hundreds of cool places to visit that are remarkably easy to get to. In
fact, there are plenty of things you can do if you have an hour between
classes or a little bit of time on a weekend afternoon that will make
for great study breaks.
Below is a highly selective list of some great things to do on campus.
I’ve added links so that you can go to these places web sites and
get more information.
Nature—If you lived or are living on the Hill,
you probably know how great the Arboretum is on a sunny fall or spring
day, but traipsing through the Arb in the snow is also a blast. You’ll
need a car to get the Botanical Gardens on Dixboro Road, and they’re
great anytime of the year, but I recommend the conservatory gardens on
a cold winter afternoon. There’s nothing like sitting on bench next
to a palm tree and taking deep breaths of almost tropical air while watching
the snow fall outside the conservatory windows.
The Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Museums—Have you ever been on trip
and felt “museumed-out”? You know: when you feel that if you
see one more painting or one more fossil that you’ll collapse. The
great thing about living and working near museums is that you don’t
have to try to see everything. You could drop in between classes and stay
for five minutes or for a few hours. Here’s a partial list of the
museums on campus:
Exhibit Museum of Natural Science
The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Collection of Musical Instruments
The University of Michigan Museum
Science—The Angell Hall Observatory
is a working observatory, and throughout the year there are times scheduled
when students and the public can you use its telescopes do some serious
stargazing. The Detroit Observatory isn’t in Detroit but instead
is on the Hill, and while it’s no longer a working observatory,
you can see how astronomy was done in the good old days.
Angell Hall Observatory
of Michigan Detroit Observatory