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Historical Attractions in Southeast Michigan

These historical spots in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are the perfect setting for families to learn and play together. Updated for 2014-15.

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Saline Depot Museum

  • Address: 402 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline
  • Phone: 734-944-0442
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday year-round or by appointment
  • Admission: free/Saturday for individuals and families, fees/groups, special reservations.

Without its railroad depot, Saline may not have prospered as a town. In its heyday, the complex included more structures, but today visitors can see the station agent's room, freight room, furnished caboose and livery barn along with a restored Eclipse Windmill.

Shalom Street

  • Address: D. Dan and Betty Kahn Building, Jewish Community Center, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-432-5451
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; closed Friday-Saturday
  • Admission: free

Dramatic programming accompanies 30 exhibits at this interactive learning playground for kids, covering a 4,500-square-foot space. It often hosts new creative exhibits and kids workshops (call for current details) honoring Jewish traditions.

The Heritage & History Center

  • Address: Heritage Park, 24725 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-701-8112
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • Admission: free; donations welcome

At home in the Palmer Sherman house, this cozy history nook features themed displays, archives and more that preserve the stories of Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Toy Museum at the Chelsea Teddy Bear Co.

  • Address: 400 N. Main St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-433-5499
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday; tours: 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays; weekdays and groups of 10-plus, by appointment
  • Admission: free

Did you know Richard Steiff, inventor of the teddy bear, lived in Jackson, Mich.? Learn more about this iconic pal – and trace toys' evolution from wood to tin to plush – at this unique spot, including original prototypes. Don't miss the factory tour just minutes away to take home a modern-day teddy bear.

Troy Museum & Historic Village

  • Address: 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3570
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
  • Admission: $5/adults, $3/ages 6-12 and seniors, free/under 6, fees vary/special programs

The charming village green is open all year round! Beyond the 10 historic buildings with 19th and 20th century originals, be sure to explore some hands-on activities at the Town Hall.

Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit

  • Address: 11756 Charest St., Hamtramck
  • Phone: 313-366-9764
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or by appointment
  • Admission: $3/general, $1/students

The heritage of Ukrainian Americans is preserved through the arts, crafts, musical instruments, photos and textiles at this cultural center, which also houses 20,000 books. Look for special exhibits during the holidays.

University of Michigan Museum of Art

  • Address: 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-764-0395
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and holidays
  • Admission: $5/suggested donation

More than 18,000 artworks are on display in this 150-year collection that spans cultures, media and eras. Look for the works of James McNeill Whistler, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Joshua Reynolds when you're here. Popular kids' story times are known to pop up, too!

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

  • Address: Ruthven Museums Building, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-764-0478
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; closed holidays
  • Admission: $6/suggested donation, $5/planetarium

This dynamic museum provides a window into the most recent natural sciences research being conducted at the University of Michigan. It offers a variety of unique activities for adults, families and children, plus exhibits including displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan, wildlife, anthropology, geology and a digital planetarium.

Witch's Hat Depot Museum and Historic Village

  • Address: 300 Dorothy St., South Lyon
  • Phone: 248-437-9929
  • Hours: 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; varies for special events; tours by arrangement
  • Admission: free

This historic village is nestled in McHattie Park, featuring six buildings of turn-of-the-century vintage. Explore a decked-out 1926 caboose, 1930s-era chapel and one-room Washburn School, circa 1907.

Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center

  • Address: 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday
  • Admission: fees vary/programs, $7/daily vehicle entry fee to the Huron-Clinton Metropark

Interested in visiting one of the few historic grist and feed mills remaining today? Take a look at this 1840s mill, along with the relics over at the barn museum including a restored Model T dump truck, before you explore the adjoining working farm and hiking trail through a beautiful wooded area at this spot that's on the National Register of Historic Places.

Yankee Air Museum

  • Address: 47884 D St., Belleville
  • Phone: 734-483-4030
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; call in advance to confirm; closed Sunday and Monday
  • Admission: $8/adults 18 and older; $5/seniors, children under 18, students with ID, military with ID; free/ages 2 and under

See historic planes that have flown around the world up-close and in action at the Yankee Air Museum, including restored B-17, C-47 and B-25 aircraft – rotating exhibits too. Even book your own ride on one (scheduling, fees apply).

Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

  • Address: 100 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-482-5200
  • Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday, holidays
  • Admission: $5/adults, free/ages 12 and under with adult

This collection boasts 30 vintage automobiles, including a 1933 Hudson Terraplane, a 1952 Hudson Hornet and a 1954 Hudson Jetliner Convertible. See other classic car-related artifacts like a Huffy Corvair bike, too.

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