University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
4.5
Natural History MuseumsScience MuseumsObservatories & Planetariums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The museum doesn't just preserve the past; it also shows off the latest in scientific research with interactive exhibits, new programming spaces, and a state-of-the-art Planetarium & Dome Theater! Exhibits include: On the Trail of Mastodons; Evolution: Life through Time; Under the Microscope; Exploring Michigan; and People and the Planet.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Desiree L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure to sign up for James Bardwell's Coral Reef Tour
    I've been to this museum a few times and it's always a great treat. The planetarium is especially fun. Today I did a coral reef tour with Professor Bardwell and it was absolutely the highlight of not just this, but all of my visits. Even in a short time and in a small space, I learned more than I ever expected. Professor Bardwell deserves an entire facility!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • uglytree
    Ypsilanti, Michigan18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coral Reef Tank Visit
    Be sure to check out the Coral Reef Tank Visit with Professor Jim Bardwell! I've been to UM's Natural History Museum many times before but getting a behind the scenes look at Professor Bardwell's aquariums and hearing from a expert about coral reefs and the various species including was a true highlight. He is a wonderfully engaging educator, I can't wait to go back again and take my daughter.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Josh A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Coral Aquarium Tour
    I absolutely loved visiting the museum with one of my friends. We were looking for things to do and found a coral aquarium tour at the museum. I was absolutely blown away by how incredible the tanks looked. It was filled with a ton of different types of coral and fish. Professor Bardwell did an incredible job of showing each fish and explaining interesting facts about each one.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
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uglytree
Ypsilanti, MI18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Be sure to check out the Coral Reef Tank Visit with Professor Jim Bardwell! I've been to UM's Natural History Museum many times before but getting a behind the scenes look at Professor Bardwell's aquariums and hearing from a expert about coral reefs and the various species including was a true highlight. He is a wonderfully engaging educator, I can't wait to go back again and take my daughter.
Written May 22, 2023
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Josh A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
I absolutely loved visiting the museum with one of my friends. We were looking for things to do and found a coral aquarium tour at the museum. I was absolutely blown away by how incredible the tanks looked. It was filled with a ton of different types of coral and fish. Professor Bardwell did an incredible job of showing each fish and explaining interesting facts about each one.
Written September 20, 2023
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Nic K
Toledo, OH14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Would definitely recommend for those of any age. Especially children, lots of “touch” experiences. We zipped through most of it on a quick visit, but could see being a 2-4 hour visit with little inquiring minds. Enjoyed the orange chairs in the lobby for a quick rest after a lot of city walking. Would visit again.
Written October 16, 2022
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Desiree L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I've been to this museum a few times and it's always a great treat. The planetarium is especially fun. Today I did a coral reef tour with Professor Bardwell and it was absolutely the highlight of not just this, but all of my visits. Even in a short time and in a small space, I learned more than I ever expected. Professor Bardwell deserves an entire facility!
Written May 16, 2023
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AJS_the_traveler
Morris County, NJ50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife and I visited this museum while traveling through Michigan. It is brand new and very well laid out. It's easy to navigate. There were some nice fossils, gems, and displays. Recommended if you are in Ann Arbor for a game or just visiting the campus. Also lots of nice restaurants within a short walk.
Written May 31, 2022
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Written August 12, 2022
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revengeofaone
Chicago, IL148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to take kids. They will love the dinosaur bones. The exhibits are getting dated though (no pun intended). Overall, a nice place to spend 1-4 hrs depending on how much you want to read about each exhibit. There's also a planetarium, but I haven't seen it... Down the street is South University Ave with plenty of bookstores, coffeeshops and restaurants.
Written January 24, 2004
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dave a
Ypsilanti, MI346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Had family in town and they wanted to go. I used to work on campus and didn't know it was there . We were there on their last day in that location. Not very big but a nice collection of different things to see and the history. Good for families.
Written January 27, 2018
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LotsaTraveling
Stony Brook, NY381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were looking for things to do while in town seeing friends and visited the museum based on the reviews. We have science backgrounds and were very impressed by the museum!

1. Coral reef tour with Dr. James Bardwell -- We signed up about 90 minutes before the event to be sure to get a spot. Dr. Bardwell is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the coral reef and gives excellent commentary on the various sea creatures in his aquaria.

2. Exhibits -- These are very nicely displayed and provide descriptions that are informative and accurate regardless of your level of prior knowledge. (This is actually quite challenging to do.) Many of the exhibits are interactive which helps keep the visitors engaged. There is a broad range of topic areas with the animal life and natural history exhibits focused on Michigan.

3. Learning labs -- several learning lab areas were set up so that young people could do activities that brought the science to life. The museum staff who were assigned to these areas did a superb job of engaging children of all ages, asking them questions and exciting their curiosity. It was fun to watch and it was clear that the activities were well designed.

4. Videos-- we watched a video just outside the planetarium entrance. It was well done and informative.

5. Phone app--The museum has its own app which helps guide you through the exhibits. It worked smoothly and I would recommend it.

6. Building design--the building atria are very grand and a perfect way to show off the prehistoric skeletons. We were also struck by the way that the research labs overlooked the atria and gave visitors a view into a real scientific lab in action.

7. Website-- includes a lot of good info to help prepare for the visit and also includes helpful info on parking.

Over all, we had a very enjoyable visit, were very impressed with the museum and the coral reef tour, and we would recommend both highly!
Written July 10, 2023
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johntavernier
Roseville, MI811 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Great for everyone interested in archeology !This place a lot things about Michigan Natural History that was very good too here not bad at all
Written April 20, 2022
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Thanks!
Written August 12, 2022
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HLA3
Ann Arbor, MI108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
I remember this museum when I came here as a child (my parents were attending the U-M for advanced degrees), as a college student, and more recently as a grown-up with a teenage daughter. The Ruthven Museum is currently closed as of December 2017, and the move to the new biology building will be complete in another year. This means a new planetarium, a new home for some existing exhibits, and some new exhibits (the Bristle mammoth) which are expected to be a big attraction.
Written March 3, 2018
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