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Historical Attractions in Southeast Michigan

Travel back in time at these cool, kid-friendly places in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties – great for family fun. Updated for 2013-14.

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Governor Warner Mansion and Museum

  • Address: 33805 Grand River Ave., Farmington
  • Phone: 248-473-7275
  • Hours: 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays and first Sundays, March-December (extended hours during the Farmington Founders Festival in July and call ahead for Christmas hours); tours, conducted by docents, are given during hours of operation or by arrangement
  • Admission: $3/adult tour; $1/children ages 7-12; free/6 and under with adult

Former home of Michigan Gov. Fred Warner, this Victorian Italianate structure is filled with historic artifacts, memorabilia from 1850 through 1920 and includes approximately three acres of surrounding gardens.

Greenmead Historical Park

  • Address: 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 248-477-7375
  • Hours: office: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; buildings (tours): 1-4 p.m. Sundays, June-October and December (closed November and holiday weekends); park/nature trail: dawn-dusk daily
  • Admission: $3/adults, $2/students, fees vary/special events

Your family can "come visit yesterday" at this historic site that includes the original farm complex – along with other significant historical structures that preserve the legacy to the area's agricultural heritage. Throughout the year, holidays are celebrated with an old-fashioned flair.

Hellenic Museum of Michigan

  • Address: 67 E. Kirby St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-871-4100
  • Hours: vary by season
  • Admission: call ahead for costs

The Hellenic Museum of Michigan offers visitors a look inside the Greek immigrant community's journey to Michigan. You can see this transformation through artifacts, oral histories, documents and photographs.

Henry Ford Museum

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Admission: $17/adults, $15/seniors, $12.50/ages 5-12, free/4 and under

One of Michigan's jewels, this museum is a standout – from R. Buckminster Fuller's sole surviving Dymaxion House prototype to the limousine President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated in 1963 and a replica of the craft the Wright Brothers built. Features loads of demos and plenty of exhibits for the kids to interact with. Watch for cool temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Historic Fort Wayne

  • Address: 6325 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-628-0796
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday April-October
  • Admission: free when open; $5/guided 1.5 hour walking tours ages 12 and over, free/guided tour for those under 12; $5/parking

Visitors can walk through the 83-acre fort that served the U.S. Army for more than 100 years. The reservation was used as an induction center for Michigan men and women serving in America's military for every conflict of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers of the Historic Ford Wayne Coalition are working to restore the site and host occasional events here, mostly during the warmer months.

Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

  • Address: 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-553-2400
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday (last admission at 3:30 p.m.), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (last admission at 1:30 p.m.); docent-guided public tours: 1 p.m. Sunday-Friday (others by appointment); closed Saturday and Jewish, secular holidays and most legal holidays
  • Admission: $8/adults, $5/middle and high school students, $6/seniors and college students with ID

America's first freestanding Holocaust memorial center is dedicated to preserving the memory of the 6 million lost in the Holocaust. A timeline tracks the history of the Jewish people against major events in world history. Recommended for ages 12-plus.

Kempf House Museum

  • Address: 312 S. Division St., Ann Arbor
  • Phones: 734-994-4898
  • Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, groups tours by special arrangement
  • Admission: donations welcome

Tour this 1953 Greek revival home to see how the musical German American Kempf family lived and worked in the 1890s. Take a tour of the restored rooms, including the music studio where the 1877 Steinway concert grand piano remains as it has for over 100 years.

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