Michigan Archaeology Month takes place in October. For more information, please visit: http://www.michigan.gov/archaeology.
Visitors to the Chippewa Nature Center can enjoy the wildlife of this preserve in addition to a number of recreated historic sites. The center has also been a site of ongoing archaeological research, and the visitor center features some of the artifacts recovered from the area. Wampum beads, firearm fragments and metal buttons are just some of the discoveries on the grounds of the nature center. It features events year-round, including a sugaring festival in March, so check the website and the calendar of upcoming activities at: http://www.chippewanaturecenter.com/index.htm or call (989) 631-0830.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum offers many exhibits, including F is for Fossils, part of the Collecting A-Z exhibit. F is for Fossils features remains of extinct Michigan ice age mammals, casts of dinosaur fossils, and fossilized remains of strange forms of marine life that existed hundreds of millions of years ago when a shallow saltwater sea covered much of the Midwest. For more information, call (616) 456-3977, or visit the website: www.grmuseum.org.
The University of Michigan Natural History Museum in Ann Arbor has a sizable collection of dinosaurs and early mammals, along with ancient (and contemporary) human artifacts. Programs include planetarium shows and occasional free "dinosaur tours" of the dinosaur gallery. Kids can participate in a wide variety of summer camps, including Archaeology Quest and Paleontology Adventure. For more information, go to http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh or call (734) 764-0478.
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn is a great place for anyone interested in the recent past. As part of their massive collection, the museum contains the Rosa Parks bus, George Washington's camp bed, the chair in which Lincoln was shot, and many famous vehicles. Greenfield Village is a large group of historic houses and other buildings. There, visitors can step inside the Wright brothers' bicycle shop, see Thomas Edison's lab, take a ride in a Model T, and see how American settlers farmed the land in the 1880's. Visit their website at http://www.thehenryford.org/index.aspx or call (313) 982-6001 for more information.