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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
Phone Number: 734 764 0478
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Natural history displays, including a large dinosaur fossil collection, are...

Natural history displays, including a large dinosaur fossil collection, are the highlight of this museum which also features a planetarium.

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Good university natural museum

The artists in the university contributed to vivid models! And the scenes are like real. BTW the wolverine is so cute!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful exhibits of the many evolutionary trails our ancestors travelled, as well as new specimens recently found here in Michigan, such as the Mastodon, make it a very interesting visit. Also take time to enjoy the indoor planetarium to see what's up in the current sky. Enjoyed every minute, have come to see this museum many times.

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

And pretty much unchanged for the last several decades. Disappointing. This place is overdue for entering the current century. It once inspired me to pursue a life of scientific discovery, but I'm not sure it has the same appeal to the imagination of today's youth.

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Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

The artists in the university contributed to vivid models! And the scenes are like real. BTW the wolverine is so cute!

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Thank walker2017
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

If you're visiting the University of Michigan, don't miss this surprisingly impressive museum. The student exhibits are very cool!

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Thank CrowdedEarthKitchen
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is a little gem in Ann Arbor that many people are not aware of. This museum only asks for donations and is a wonderful rainy afternoon or winter activity.

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Thank Teresa K
Clemmons, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

If you are interested in natural history, this museum is a must-see. The museum has three floors. Two are dedicated to geologic history and paleontology (dinosaurs, extinct mammals, early life on earth) with a particular emphasis on Michigan's natural history. The third floor focuses on life in Michigan today, from native birds and mammals to ongoing conservation efforts. I would... More 

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Thank Andrei S
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Was surprised at how nice a college museum can be. Had a good dinosaur exhibit and lots more to explore.

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Thank Chris K
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

In an age where museums have to have trendy eye candy displays and science gets diluted in entertainment, this place has fought the trend. Unfortunately, it's boring. The themes of evolutionary progress, comparative anatomy, and diversity are there, but difficult to piece together. Add dark rooms, old school glass cases, small font labels, and even the adults want to skip... More 

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Canton of Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I really liked the journey into the past that this place invites you on! Many cool skeletons, dinosaur history told in fascinating stories. Very small though, I would have loved to stay longer. defenitely a place you want to linger, probably awesome with kids!

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I stop at the museum every time I am in town. So muc to see and take in. Plan to spend a few hours taking in all the exhibits.

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