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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Ranked #12 of 93 things to do in Ann Arbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Exhibits include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in the state of Michigan, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, and a digital Planetarium. The Museum offers special activities for adults, families, and children that include public lectures, annual I.D. Days, Halloween parties, Discovery Days, and collaborations with regional libraries and other organizations.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed March 21, 2013

This is a free museum (donations accepted) at the University of Michigan. It has a fantastic display of Dinosaur skeletons and bones. The Museum is not overly large, and can be seen in just a few hours. Parking is tricky to find, as there is no parking close to the museum. But overall, a really great place to take the kids for a few hours.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Great for an afternoon or with a school group. They've redone a lot of the exhibits, and often rearrange things to keep it interesting for your next visit.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Complete collections of Great Lakes fauna specimens. Nice dioramas of early Indian camps and early geological mock ups of the ocean life before vertebrates and after. And dinosaur skeletons! Displays are updated frequently.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I like the location right on campus and in an older, architecturally interesting building. This place is great for kids who like dinosaurs and animals. You can see all the exhibits in an hour or so and then walk downtown for some lunch. There are some different exhibits on the upper floors that are interesting but might bore younger kids...unless they like geology. Free to the public but there is a box when you walk in for donations. Parking is limited but you can usually find some nearby metered parking so have quarters handy. Oddly there are plenty of men's restrooms but the only public, women's restroom is on the first floor.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We have been to this museum many times over the years and have always enjoyed it. It is located in a beautiful old building right on the central campus of the University of Michigan near Washtenaw and Geddes, and has several floors filled with interesting exhibits on all aspects of natural history.

It is not a hands-on type of science center where you are constantly doing something interactively, so some people might find it a little boring. However, you can learn so much if you take the time to read the descriptions and enjoy the displays. My kids really liked the dinosaur skeletons, especially the T. rex skull! We have also enjoyed planetarium shows on the top floor. They have all kinds of special programs for both kids and adults, and often host special guest lectures for the public. Some U-M faculty do their research right in the building.

The one down side is that there is no free parking nearby, unless you go on a Sunday when the street meter parking is free. It's a bit of a walk from the nearest public parking structure if you have little kids, but the campus is beautiful and it's fun to see the diversity of people.

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