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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
734 764 0478
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Ranked #20 of 32 Attractions in Ann Arbor
Type: Natural History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
Description: Natural history displays, including a large dinosaur fossil collection, are the highlight of this museum which also features a planetarium.
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New Westminster, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The trip to the Museum of Natural History was very informative. The facility was a little warm and humid.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After coming back from Raleigh, NC where the museums are free or highly discounted and brand new, state-of-the-art this museum is a little disappointing. The museum is dated and antiquated. It is exactly the same as it was twenty-five years ago when I visited it as a child. There is little interaction or hands-on opportunity available. All of that said... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Spent about 1.5 hours here walking around the exhibits. Not many actual artifacts to look at - most have been created, which was disappointing. The museum is free. Planetarium is $5 for a 45 minute show - this is not a movie type show, there is a person who actually delivers the information, interacts with guests, and answers questions. The... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Some really cool things to take in at this museum, and the atmosphere really makes you want to see it all. The staff member in the planetarium was so impressively knowledgable! She really made the whole trip for me.

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Howell, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A wonderful place to take kids on a family field trip. When my grands were younger we went every year.

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Owosso, Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is a smaller museum. It is free with a donation box and a recommended six dollar donation per person. They have lots of cool dinosaur bones. We went through the entire museum in about 1.5 hours.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This museum is the perfect size for an afternoon of exploring. They have a planetarium, dinosaur bones and replicas, taxidermy species of all sorts and a rotating/changing exhibit. We recently went to the Museum of Natural History in NYC and had a better experience right here in Ann Arbor. It is run by donation and the workers are very informative.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This little museum is great for children I'm sure but it looks very old and tired and could do with a lick of paint and a refurbishment. However, the dinosaur section was informative and quite large with plenty of things to look at.

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a wonderful natural history museum. The quality and scope of the exhibits is really exceptional given its location outside of a major city. Some of the exhibits are old-fashioned, but many have updated labels and new interactive components. This mixture is ideal, as the museum offers much to both those seeking quiet contemplation of amazing objects as well... More

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Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The public areas of this museum are a disgrace! The dust on the dinosaur bones is the same dust I observed when I visited this place as a student 45 years ago! Almost none of the exhibits have changed in the past half century. At a time when the campus holds state-of-the-art athletic facilities and an extremely modern Museum of... More

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