The Ann Arbor area's rich past is sure to impress any history buff. From dinosaurs to D-Day, and from aviation to automotive, the history of the Ann Arbor area comes alive in these events and attractions.
The Yankee Air Museum is adjacent to the Willow Run Bomber Plant - a huge piece of World War II history here in southeasern Michigan! With rotating and permanent exhibits featuring everything from Rosie the Riveter to B-24 Bombers, you're sure to learn a great deal about wartime in the Ann Arbor area.
If you're a fan of dinosaurs, you'll love the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History! In fact, if you're a fan of wildlife, anthropology, geology, or astronomy, you'll find much to enjoy at this four-story history-buff paradise. Boasting the largest display of prehistoric life in the state of Michigan and highlighting the research of University of Michigan archaeologists, and also featuring temporary and rotating exhibits about various topics like women in science and cosmology, the museum is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
Outside the city of Ann Arbor, two quaint smaller towns have organized their unique historic buildings into pleasant self-guided walking tours. In Manchester, you'll see the Manchester Mill (which was the oldest continuously operating mill in Michigan when it closed in 1981), the Union Bank Building (considered by many to be the best-preserved nineteenth-century streetscape in the state) and the Union Railroad Station site. In Chelsea, the historic buildings range from the Clock Tower, the Chelsea Milling Company (now JIFFY) and the Glazier Bank Drug Store (now Zou Zou's Cafe - be sure to try their apricot almond shortbread or a slice of banana cake).
History-lovers are sure to find something unique and exciting at one of Ann Arbor's independent bookstors. The West Side Book Shop has been open since 1975 and offers rare, used, and antique books right in the downtown Ann Arbor area.