The Kempf House Museum
Preserving Our Heritage, Sharing Our History
Built in 1853, the Bennett-Kempf House is a classic example of the then-popular Greek Revival architectural style. The lot was purchased by Mary Bennett, wife of the Postmaster Henry Bennett, for $175; the Kempfs moved in as boarders in 1888 and later purchased the house in 1894.
Due to the great interest in historic preservation in the 1960s, the city of Ann Arbor decided to establish the Kempf House Museum with a volunteer board. Rooms in the House have been restored and decorated with furnishing authentic to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, several of which were the property of the Kempf family. The Kempf House Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the Bennett-Kempf house, its garden and collections. This 1853 Greek Revival house is a unique resource because of its national architectural significance, downtown location, and the distinguished contributions of the Kempfs to the musical culture of Ann Arbor. By making the house accessible to the public, we seek to promote understanding and appreciation of our local history.
Tour guides will lead you through restored rooms, including the music studio where the 1877 Steinway Concert Grand Piano remains as it has for over 100 years. Visitors will also hear about how Ann Arbor has grown into a prosperous city, a cultural center, and the home of the University of Michigan.
Kempf House also hosts a Fall and Spring Noon Lecture Series and various exciting social and historical events. Check the Events Page to see what is coming up this month!
Kempf House is open for guided tours on selected Sundays 1-4pm, from September through December, and April through May. Check the Events Page for exact dates. Tours are also available by appointment for groups or individuals, and allowing us several days notice gives us a chance to schedule our tour guides. Admission is free, donations appreciated.