Last updated: 5/5/2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Street Address
1109 Geddes
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Mailing Address
1109 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
phone: 734-764-0478
e-mail: ummnh.info@umich.edu
web: ummnh.org
Hours
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Admissions
Free to individuals and groups of 10 or less. Suggested donation is $6 per person.
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Amy Harris, Director
phone: 734-764-0478
Lori Dick, Communications Manager
phone: 734-764-0478
Description

With four floors of exhibits, including the largest display of dinosaurs in Michigan, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History inspires visitors of all ages to discover the excitement of science and the natural world around us.

In addition to the many dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex skull and an Allosaurus fragilis, the large second floor gallery includes displays of prehistoric animals such as mastodons, ancient whales, a saber tooth cat and an ostrich-like moa. Visitors also can explore Life Through the Ages in a room lined with scenes from prehistoric life in classic dioramas.

In the Michigan Gallery, visitors can identify birds they have seen in their own backyard, see a real wolverine (although scientists now doubt that wolverines are native to Michigan) and find models of Michigan snakes, toads and frogs as well as other animals displayed in their natural habitats. You’ll also see exhibits about ecology including how invasive species impact Michigan’s environment.

On the top floor, minerals such as quartz and aquamarine line the walls, and an Archeology exhibit displays the field work of U-M scientists, including underwater archeology in the Great Lakes! Temporary exhibits are also housed on this floor.

With shows on weekends and during school breaks, the Planetarium offers highly visual experiences that both educate and entertain including seasonal star talks about the current night sky and programs on contemporary topics in astronomy and beyond.

Mission

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History promotes understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. We create exhibits and programs that inspire diverse audiences to engage in explorations of scientific research and discovery.

History

The University of Michigan's Natural History collections were established in the mid-19th century and became significant with the donation of over 60,000 specimens by a world-traveling alumnus, Joseph Beal Steere, in the 1870s.

The current building was completed in 1928. In the early 20th century, the University Museum subdivided into four separate research museums: the Museums of Paleontology, Zoology, and Anthropological Archaeology, and the University Herbarium. The Museum of Natural History, devoted exclusively to the development of exhibits and educational programs, was officially created in 1956, although public displays had been offered for some 100 years at that point.

Educational Programs

A wide variety of free public events and programs take place throughout the year, including free Dinosaur Tours and Hands-On Demonstrations on weekends.

Discovery Days, ID Day, the Butterfly Festival, and the Family Halloween Party are among the most popular annual events. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable university student docents facilitate programs for thousands of K-12 school children each year, and serve as counselors in the Museum’s popular summer day camp.

Facilities

1928 Albert Kahn building.

Governance

U-M Museum of Natural History is governed by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Publications

E-Newsletter, bi-monthly

ADA

Accessible restrooms are available on the first floor, and a spacious elevator with lowered control panels serves all four floors. The elevator is off the main lobby; follow posted signs.

Visitors are welcome to use the Museum’s wheelchair while visiting the galleries. The wheelchair is stored in the Coat Room near the main entrance.

Contact our office at (734)-764-0480 for assistance with special needs.

Wheelchair Accessible

Restrooms

Services

Group Tours

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