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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
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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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A Trip Back in Time

When one visits a museum, one expects to learn about history. The Ruthven Museum of Natural History IS a trip to the past the minute you walk in the door. The building itself is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When one visits a museum, one expects to learn about history. The Ruthven Museum of Natural History IS a trip to the past the minute you walk in the door. The building itself is a glorious affair, full of marble and gilt. The rotunda is awe-inspiring, making you long for the beauty of architecture of bygone days. The exhibits rely... More 

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Thank you for your lovely review. You write beautifully. More 

Coconut Creek, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 562 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I enjoyed this university museum and its fine collection of Paleontological discoveries and other items related to before the time of recorded history.I saw and appreciated its 4 Billion year old Agasta Gneiss Rock,Stegosaurus Skull from the Cretaceous Period,Bueching Mastodon(skeletal remains),Owosso Mastodon(skeletal remains are the original),Maiacetus Inuus(prehistoric whale skeleton),Moa(skeleton remains of extinct New Zealand Bird),and the skeleton remains of the... More 

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Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We always enjoy this museum, especially our granddaughter. There are the usual exhibits of stuffed animals, rocks and minerals, and plants. This is our first visit since they added the exhibition of the mammoth that was excavated nearby, I believe in 2015. They did a very nice job with both showing the portions of the animal and describing the evolution... More 

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Bay City, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Great hands on museum for kids to go to and adults alike. Worth every cent of the $6 suggested donation for admission. Their permanent exhibits include a evolution floor with tones of bones of extinct, prehistoric and contemporary animal species (including dinosaurs, mastodons and dolphins). Another floor dedicated to Michigan animals, another to anthropology and archaeology - where their temporary... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

An excellent museum of natural history. Great exhibit of Michigan wildlife. Went on a visitors day and great participatory exhibits for the public

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Brighton, Michigan
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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Small museum with a variety of wonderful things to see. While the displays are very dated there is good information contained in them. Great skeletons of a variety of animals give you a good perspective on the bone structure of ancient and current animals. Learned a lot and look forward to the opening of the new Museum.

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Reviewed 25 March 2017 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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Lori D, Public Relations Manager at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

We apologize for the state you found our Museum on your recent visit. The condition you described is not acceptable, and we are in discussion with our custodial department to ensure no other visitors have a similar experience. It would be helpful to know what day you visited. The inability to appropriately cool the Museum is one of the limitations... More 

Clear Lake, Iowa
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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