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
Location 1109 Geddes Avenue,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Part of University of Michigan Central Campus Historic District (#78001514[1])
Designated CP June 15, 1978

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the United States.

The museum is closed while it moves to a new location in the U-M Biological Sciences Building. It will reopen in the spring of 2019.

A unit of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the museum is located on the university's Central Campus and has 22,000 square feet of exhibit space that winds through the research labs where University of Michigan scientists are conducting active research.

The natural history collections began in 1837, and was recently located in the Alexander Ruthven Museums Building which dates to 1928. The move to the Biological Science Building is the fourth move in the museum's history. The public exhibit museum was founded in 1956,[2] and today has more than 150,000 visitors annually.[3]

The museum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.[3] It employs 19 full-time staff and between 40-50 paid student docents.[3] It has an annual budget of more than $900,000.[3]


The new museum will have all new exhibits, including:

On the Trail of Mastodons

Evolution: Life through Time

Foundations of Life

Michigan Gallery

Investigate Labs

Measuring Space and Time which focuses on aspects of nature undetected by humans, especially those revealed by physics, chemistry, math, astronomy, biology and other fields.

Planetarium & Dome Theater



  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ "History". University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. The University of Michigan. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Museum Facts, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

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