NOTE: In 2019, the new U-M Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) will open in the brand new Biological Sciences Building
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!)