University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor - IMG 9055.JPG
The Hall of Evolution
Location1109 Geddes Avenue,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Part ofUniversity of Michigan Central Campus Historic District (#78001514[1])
Designated CPJune 15, 1978

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. The museum recently moved to a new location at 1105 North University Avenue, in the University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building. It will reopen in April 2019.[2]

A unit of the university's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the current building is located on the university's Central Campus and has 22,000 square feet of exhibit space in a building that it shares with three research museums (Anthropology, Zoology, Paleontology).[3] The University Herbarium is administered through the same organization. The natural history collections began in 1837, and the current building, the Alexander Ruthven Museums Building, dates to 1928. The public exhibit museum was founded in 1956,[4] and today has more than 100,000 visitors annually.[3]

The museum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.[3] It employs 11 full-time staff and between 40-50 paid student docents, and has an annual budget of more than $900,000.[3]


The museum has four major permanent exhibits:

Two galleries display exhibits on "Evolution & Health" and archaeological research work in the U-M Museum of Archaeological Anthropology. The first floor Rotunda Lobby currently displays "The Invisible World of Mites."



  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  2. ^ Barry, Lisa. "A Sneak Peek Inside U Of M's New Museum Of Natural History Before It Opens To The Public". Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Museum Facts, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.
  4. ^ "History". University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. The University of Michigan. Retrieved 10 April 2015.

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