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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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Address: 1109 Geddes Ave, Ruthven Museums Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
Phone Number:
+1 734-764-0478
Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Exhibits include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive...

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.

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Nice museum on the Michigan campus.

This museum is a nice place to visit when visiting Ann Arbor. Interesting interactive activities for the kids on Sunday afternoon and nice selection of displays.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow. First stop was the coat room and restroom...first, the floor was FILTHY. Dirt, trash, toilet paper etc. Enter the bathroom and the smell takes your breath away. Comparable to cat urine and rotting fish. FILTHY. The museum itself was interesting and had a lot of neat stuff. But again, it was disgustingly dirty. The dust on top of the... More 

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Clear Lake, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a nice place to visit when visiting Ann Arbor. Interesting interactive activities for the kids on Sunday afternoon and nice selection of displays.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time here so we were glad to see the beautiful building before they move. The dinosaurs were all great, and there was a lot to read and see.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

While this natural history museum doesn't have everything, what it does have it does well. It focuses on Michigan or local "finds". And I was quite impressed with the diversity of exhibits here. But it is a bit worn-looking compared to other natural history museums, but the quality of information is really worth it. You will learn a lot of... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Sadly, the tone deaf administration of UM is going to close this much loved local museum, which has been the education of many children and the salvation of winter weary parents for years, in order to provide administrators with a fancier suite of offices. So, before they disperse the fascinating exhibits and hide away all kinds of cool specimens be... More 

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Lori D, Public Relations Manager at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

Hi Dee - The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is NOT closing! We will be moving into the beautiful Biological Science Building right behind our present location. The new Museum is scheduled to open in 2019. The new Museum will enable visitors to see and interact with exhibits representing University discoveries as well as learn about current and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

My son has been enjoying this museum since he could walk. We love to go and check the old and the new exhibits, he does camp here in the summer and loves that too!

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Thank Sarah M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

I thought this place was going to be more like the hands-on museum. My kids wanted to touch a dinosaur skeleton and ride on the back of a brontosaurus. Instead, when they climbed up the mammoth leg, the museum staff started yelling at them. My littlest one started crying so loudly that they kicked us out of the dinosaur floor.... More 

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Management response:

We're sorry that your visit to the U-M Museum of Natural History wasn't what you expected. Please let us know if you came across incorrect information about our museum when you were planning your visit so we can try to correct it. More 

Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Such a fun, informative visit! First floor was the entrance/exit, women's rest room, and gift shop. The 2nd and 3rd floors were all exhibits. The top floor was mostly planetarium and craft area. The men's restrooms were more plentiful on all floors than women's so just be aware if you have a bladder problem. There is an elevator b/w all... More 

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2 Thank JenBell1969
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Thanks for your review. There are a few exhibits on the 4th floor you may have missed -- the most exciting being "The Bones in our Backyard: Discovering the Bristle Mammoth" which just recently opened. It includes the skull and other bones from a mammoth that was excavated in 2015 just 20 miles from the Museum. There is a small... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

If you're in the area, go visit now while the Bristle Mammoth exhibit is still there! It was a fun and educational exhibit featuring the recent discovery of a Bristle Mammoth in Michigan.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

There are just so many displays of prehistory to explore. Dinosaur bones, recreations, fossils, taxidermy displays of local creatures, dioramas... and of course rocks and minerals. We had a 9 yr old and a 6 yr old and they both loved it. Great family time!

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