ANN ARBOR, Mich. — An Ann Arbor museum is hoping to inspire the future with a piece of the past.

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum says it’s restoring a 1926 refractor telescope used for decades at the University of Michigan observatory. The roughly 14-foot long telescope is being provided by the university under a long-term lease.

Museum officials say restoring the telescope and making other lobby improvements will take about two years. The project is possible because of a $200,000 gift from local entrepreneur Fred Collin.

Collin says it’s critical for the museum and the “community to awaken curiosity, stimulate exploration, and encourage a lifelong appreciation for science in all its forms.”

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