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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 #15 of 32 attractions in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Owosso, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Free, donation if you wish, museum on the University of Michigan campus. We enjoyed the fossil collection and planetarium. The introduced ,whether by accident or by design, species exhibitions I found particularly enlightening. The building is old but the collections and curation good.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We took our four year old grandson for a visit to experience a special planetarium show and look at the dinosaurs. He had been there before, so was actually more familiar with the layout of the museum than we were. We enjoyed the displays which include video lectures by university professors. The building is older and lighting could be improved.... More

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Tecumseh, MI
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Took my three girls, ages 12, 11 , and 6. They all enjoyed the visit but got through it pretty quick. It was a nice little escape.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Had some time to kill so I went into the museum. Only a donation required. Had four floors of great information. Dinosaurs, Michigan wildlife and the planetarium. Could use a little more air conditioning and more signage for the ladies restrooms. Get way to spend some time and learn a little something.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Museum is not big like NY or Chicago, but has plenty of information for anyone who likes dinosaurs, fish, birds, etc.. I went during the week and had many groups of children and students of art.

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