Experience Center

Experience Center logo

In 2018, SC4 announced an official partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in the college’s 16,000-square-foot Experience Center, which offers interactive exhibits on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (known as STEAM programming).

Located in SC4’s Clara E. Mackenzie Building, the Experience Center consists of interactive and hands-on exhibits, the Bird Gallery and the Dr. Bassam H. Nasr Natural Science Museum. The museum has the largest collection of fossils and fossil reproductions in the Michigan Thumb region.

Visit the Experience Center

  • Take in unique life-size casts of rare dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals like those displayed at the Smithsonian and Field museums, including a new Tarbosaurus bataar skeleton cast that is due to arrive in October 2019.
  • View the 10,000-year-old wooly mammoth bones discovered on a farm in nearby Huron County.
  • Get up close and personal with local bird specimens and learn to identify bird calls in the popular Bird Gallery.
  • Explore visitor favorites, including the fossil dig and the augmented-reality sandbox.
  • Enjoy various permanent and rotating exhibits.

General hours:
Monday to Thursday — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday — Closed

Spring/summer hours from May 27 through Aug. 16:
Monday to Thursday — 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday to Sunday — Closed

The Experience Center will be closed to the public during field trips, tours and events, as well as days the SC4 main campus is closed.

Schedule a school or community trip to the Experience Center

Self-guided and guided Experience Center tours are available for school or community field trips. For more information, contact 810-989-5789 or experiencecenter@sc4.edu.

Collage of photos showing exhibits at the SC4 Experience Center.

Video at top of page: SC4 and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum celebrated the launch of the Experience Center with a Super Science Day field trip sneak preview of the new partnership. Students from the STEAM Academy at Woodrow Wilson attended and a video of their experience is at the top of this page. (Please note that Super Science Day provided additional unique experiences and that the Experience Center will continue to evolve over time.)