Museums

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Ann Arbor

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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ruthven Museums Building
Ann Arbor
MI
48109
Tel: 734-764-0478

Where are we going today?

The world is an amazing place - and there's billions of years of history that comes along with it! The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is the perfect place for kids to learn all about our planet, and everything that goes with it!

There are a number of exhibits on display, which cover four floors of the museum - so there's a lot to see! The most popular exhibit with kids is the prehistoric exhibit, with the LARGEST display of dinosaurs in the entire state of Michigan! We know dinosaurs were huge, but you can never really comprehend how BIG they were until you see them with your very eyes! Pretty impressive!\

The Hall of Evolution is where you can see these Jurassic creatures, as well as whales, mastodons, fossils and models.

The Michigan Wildlife Gallery is a huge collection of native Great Lakes birds, plants, reptiles and amphibians, as well as a display on the environmental issues which face the region.

Other exhibits include geology, anthropology, as well as several changing exhibits, which means there's always something there for you to return to!

If it's what our planet it suspended in (Space that is!) that grabs your fancy, the Planetarium is a great place to experience the night sky through their public program shows and talks. Kids can fly into space and examine the planets, and learn all about how our sun gives us the energy that makes our life even possible! There are also telescope viewings too. 

Keep an eye out for the other public programs that the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History puts on, because with annual events (like the family Halloween party!), new exhibits and Discovery Guides, there is always going to be something you don't want to miss!

Natural History fun in Michigan perfect for the whole family (and it's indoors so perfect for any weather!)

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When can we go?

9am - 5pm 6 days a week. 12pm - 5pm Sundays

All year round. Closed some major holidays.

Teachers corner

With guided tours, and hands-on workshops for kids, why wouldn't you bring them to the museum! It's an amazing place for them to learn. .

Any Top Tips?

You can have birthday parties at the museum - how cool is that!? With space or dinosaur themes, great for kids aged 4 to 10. .

Doing our bit

The museum is all about education, and preserving what is found to tell the stories of our history. It's an amazing place and they do an amazing job! .

Need a little extra help?

With accessible restrooms ont he first floor, elevators, and disabled parking, why wouldn't EVERYONE go and visit! .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop with books, fossils, jewelry, shits, animals and activity kits - better save those pennies! .

More information

They offer summer camps too! .

What people are saying?

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    Very interesting museum with tons to see. I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits, which contained real fossils of a variety of dino species. Very easy to get to, with the subway stop downstairs. Great place to spend a day.

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    Awesome experience every time I went. I really love the butterfly exhibit. Definitely better than the one at the zoo!

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    I easily spent a few hours here and didn't even notice the time flying by. I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit... just fascinating! The exhibits on peoples of different civilizations was also amazing. I went on a weekday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. I was able to take my time perusing at my own pace without feeling like I was getting in people's way.

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    The exhibits in this museum are excellent, they're complete and one of a kind. Although some of the exhibits were falling apart, or required additional funds (on top of the $22 admission) to get into, most of the exhibits were very well done.

    Unfortunately, the museum security was very rude to us. Before the museum closes as 5:45, (A strange time) a ten minute warning is played. We decided to finish looking at the meteorites exhibit, but were immediately ushered out by the pushy security guards before we could even finish reading a placard. The...Read More

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    My 4 year olds loved walking through the major exhibits, especially the huge whale. I hope to take them again as they get older and can appreciate more of the content.

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by Nick DiCecco

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The exhibits in this museum are excellent, they're complete and one of a kind. Although some of the exhibits were falling apart, or required additional funds (on top of the $22 admission) to get into, most of the exhibits were very well done.

Unfortunately, the museum security was very rude to us. Before the museum closes as 5:45, (A strange time) a ten minute warning is played. We decided to finish looking at the meteorites exhibit, but were immediately ushered out by the pushy security guards before we could even finish reading a placard. The security guards weren't even nice about it either, a man in a wheelchair near us was rather curtly told where to exit after he politely asked. I could go on about how annoyed this made us, but I'll leave it at that.

In the end what could have been a great museum experience only left us with a bad taste in our mouths. We will probably visit again someday and hopefully by then the museum fixes its staff issues.

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