Martha Cook Building

Museum on Main Street Exhibit

The Martha Cook Building has enthusiastically participated in two of the events of the University's year-long bicentennial observance. Additional events are sure to follow as the year progresses.

A Martha Cook student room, circa 1917, has been recreated with authentic furniture and artifacts on loan from MCB for the exhibit The Journey in a Day: 200 Years of Student Life at the University of Michigan 1817 – 2017. Students taking MUSEUMS 498, the U-M Bicentennial Office and the Washtenaw County Historical Society collaborated on the exhibit, which celebrates the University’s Bicentennial and contains nearly 50 historic objects and many photographs. It is located in The Museum on Main Street, 500 North Main, Ann Arbor and is open from April 2 to October 22, 2017. For hours, call the museum at 734-662-9092 or email the Historical Society at

Martha Cook, as one of the jewels of U-M’s campus, was one of the buildings included in the A-maizing Building Tours April 6 – 9, which were part of a Bicentennial celebratory event. All of the slots filled quickly for the chance to view our college home, and MCB volunteers welcomed thee separate groups of 25 people for tours on Friday, April 7. Catherine Davis gave a short presentation on MCB history at the start of each tour. Among the other structures highlighted by the festival were the Observatory, Burton Tower, Clements Library and the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory.