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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History The new U-M Museum of Natural History puts science on display. All-new exhibits and educational programs feature U-M's world-class natural science collections, cutting-edge research by U-M faculty, and interdisciplinary topics of global and local concern.
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Great Lakes Days is underway! Deb Pilutti read her new book to museum visitors, the craft tables are busy with young art...
01/25/2020

Great Lakes Days is underway! Deb Pilutti read her new book to museum visitors, the craft tables are busy with young artists, and Jeremy Guc will be presenting on the work of St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow Incorporated at 1:30pm! Donโ€™t miss the celebration!

Today & tomorrow: 10am - 4pm!
#LakeEffect #UMMNH #PureMichigan #greatlakestate #umicharts #visitannarbor #themesemester University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Around, and around, and around we go! From the art of Ernst Haeckel to early attempts at taxonomy, radial symmetry in th...
01/24/2020

Around, and around, and around we go! From the art of Ernst Haeckel to early attempts at taxonomy, radial symmetry in the natural world has long been a source of wonder and inspiration. ๐ŸŒŽ

This semester, students in Prof. Christianne Myers Costume Crafts and Costume Design course will be crafting textiles inspired by naturally-occurring radial symmetry discovered in the UMMNH galleries. Stay tuned as we document these studentsโ€™ creative process and stop by this summer to see their completed works on display! #umicharts #umichlsa #LeadersandBest University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Sturgeon General is excited to show off the new decorations we added to the fish tank! Come check out the ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ...
01/23/2020

Sturgeon General is excited to show off the new decorations we added to the fish tank!

Come check out the ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ: ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป exhibit while it's still here for the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts's Great Lakes Theme Semester.

Also attend a special presentation by Jeremy Guc about the work of St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow Incorporated at UMMNH's Great Lakes Days event this Saturday, Jan. 25: 1:30pm! #SturgeonGeneral #tankrenovations #GreatLakesDays #exploreLSA

It's that day of the week again: #WhatsitWednesday! Take your best guess!
01/22/2020

It's that day of the week again: #WhatsitWednesday! Take your best guess!

Look to the skies and dream big! The museum is open Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, and will offer three sp...
01/19/2020

Look to the skies and dream big! The museum is open Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, and will offer three special Planetarium showings at 1:30, 2:30, or 3:30 pm. โญ

Star talks will examine the night sky with its slowly changing constellations, bright planets, and a short journey to visit far-away objects. Tickets are available for purchase one hour prior to show. #MartinLutherKingDay #Planetarium #Stars

Ancient animal bones โ€” especially teeth โ€” can inform scientists about how animals lived, what they ate, and what their e...
01/18/2020

Ancient animal bones โ€” especially teeth โ€” can inform scientists about how animals lived, what they ate, and what their environment was like.

Meet University of Michigan researcher Alexandra Norwood in the Science Forum this Sunday, Jan 19 at 1PM to learn more about how paleontologists use teeth to understand the past!

University of Michigan Anthropology
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To celebrate #NationalMichiganDay, let us know what this marvelous state means to you! Leave a comment below!Learn more ...
01/18/2020

To celebrate #NationalMichiganDay, let us know what this marvelous state means to you! Leave a comment below!

Learn more about the natural history of MI by visiting our Exploring Michigan gallery, and be sure to attend Great Lakes Days on Jan. 25 & 26! #PureMichigan #GreatLakesState

Happy #FossilFriday! With #NationalMichiganDay tomorrow, it is only necessary to highlight this 390 million-year-old fos...
01/17/2020

Happy #FossilFriday! With #NationalMichiganDay tomorrow, it is only necessary to highlight this 390 million-year-old fossil from the museum's Exploring Michigan gallery โ€” a Petoskey stone!

Michigan's state stone is special for many reasons, one of them being that these stones are actually broken portions of ancient coral that have been polished by Lake Michigan's waves. #MoretoExplore #PureMichigan #Petoskey
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We provide new Planetarium & Dome Theater shows about every month, so visitors always have something new to look forward...
01/16/2020

We provide new Planetarium & Dome Theater shows about every month, so visitors always have something new to look forward to!

This month we are showing Two Small Pieces of Glass, which gives visitors an in-depth look at telescopes, big and little, simple and complex. To learn more about how telescopes work, come to a showing this Sat or Sun: 3:30pm! ๐Ÿ”ญโญ

Grab your cameras! It's #MuseumSelfieDay! Share photos from your favorite trips to UMMNH with us in the comments below, ...
01/15/2020

Grab your cameras! It's #MuseumSelfieDay! Share photos from your favorite trips to UMMNH with us in the comments below, or stop by today to get some new pictures! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ“ธ

Come take a #cellfie inside a giant model cell, show your #umich pride by grabbing a pic with our very own wolverine, or snap action shots beside a live sturgeon!
#visitannarbor #selfie #UMMNH

01/14/2020

Download the UMMNH iOS app before your next visit to the museum! It features self-guided audio tours, event information, and more! Just search for "UMMNH" on the App Store or Google Play. #museumtours #app #UMMNH #mastodon

Research is conducted within University of Michigan buildings every day, including within the museum's own Biological Sc...
01/13/2020

Research is conducted within University of Michigan buildings every day, including within the museum's own Biological Sciences Building! One way the museum informs visitors about new scientific discoveries is through our Research Stations, which have been installed throughout our galleries. Each of these freestanding kiosks highlights an ongoing research project by U-M faculty.

Take a stroll through the museum and learn more about what our Leaders and Best are up to! There's always #MoretoExplore!
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan MCDB
University of Michigan Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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If you've ever wondered how UMMNH's Evolution gallery in the new Biological Sciences Building was created, take a moment...
01/11/2020
Making a Museum in the Age of 3D Digital Models

If you've ever wondered how UMMNH's Evolution gallery in the new Biological Sciences Building was created, take a moment to read University of Michigan's Dr. Mike Cherney and Dr. Adam Rountrey's article about designing the exhibit's 3D models! It's a fascinating read: https://www.aam-us.org/2019/12/23/making-a-museum-in-the-age-of-3d-digital-models/

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In 2005, not long after the advent of tabletop 3D printing technology, the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology (UMMP; a research institution) used this approach to generate elements missiโ€ฆ

After all those sweets and cookies over the holidays, some of you probably need a trip to the dentist. Can you imagine t...
01/10/2020

After all those sweets and cookies over the holidays, some of you probably need a trip to the dentist. Can you imagine trying to clean a mouthful of teeth this large? This mammoth tooth is 15,000 years old and was found in Cass County, MI. Come see it on display in our Exploring Michigan gallery! #FossilFriday

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University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Did you know the topics discussed in UMMNH's Science Forum demonstrations change every few months, so there is always mo...
01/09/2020

Did you know the topics discussed in UMMNH's Science Forum demonstrations change every few months, so there is always more to learn?!

One of our current demos aims to teach visitors all about scientists' search for life on other planets. Through experimentation, you will learn about the field of astrobiology and re-evaluate the definition of "life".

Science Forum demos are free and open to the public! All ages are welcome! Join us for this interactive demo in the Science Forum, most Saturdays & Sundays at 3:00pm! #MoretoExplore #astrobiology #Mars #experiment #science #discovery #solarsystem #life #UMMNH #demo #visitannarbor

The museum is excited to announce that the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts theme sem...
01/08/2020

The museum is excited to announce that the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts theme semester is here, and we are a part of it!

UMMNH will be celebrating the amazing natural history of Michigan and the Great Lakes with demonstrations, hands-on activities, a special presentation by Jeremy Guc from St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow Incorporated, and an author reading of Deb Piluttiโ€™s new childrenโ€™s book Old Rock (is not boring).

Join UMMNH's Great Lakes Days celebration on January 25 & 26: 10:00am - 4:00pm. #GreatLakes #LakeEffects #UmichLSA #exploreLSA #UMsocial

LittleGuide Detroit featured the museum in one of their recent articles. Thank you for spreading the word about our fami...
01/08/2020
Know Before You Go: U-M Museum of Natural History

LittleGuide Detroit featured the museum in one of their recent articles. Thank you for spreading the word about our family friendly, hands-on exhibits and new Investigate Labs!

Plan a day of FREE family fun and learn about science and history at the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor.ย The Museum of Natural History at...

U-M students! Come join our Student Docent Program! If you're looking for a part-time job on campus that allows you to h...
01/07/2020

U-M students! Come join our Student Docent Program! If you're looking for a part-time job on campus that allows you to hang with the dinosaurs, then come join our team!

The application deadline is Monday, January 13.

01/06/2020

It's not too late to pick a New Year's resolution!
What goals are you most likely to set for yourself in 2020?

One great goal for the upcoming year could be to come visit the museum with your family and friends! ๐Ÿ˜‰

01/04/2020

UMMNH is a place for learning, research, science... and dance!

This captivating video of dancer and choreographer Chelsea Hamm was directed and edited by University of Michigan Film, Television, and Media student Charlotte Beggs for one of her classes this past semester. We are thrilled to see our new building inspiring students all across campus! How does the museum engage your creativity?
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#FossilFridayMeet the museum's "false saber-tooth cat," officially named Dinictis. This meat-eating mammal likely looked...
01/03/2020

#FossilFriday
Meet the museum's "false saber-tooth cat," officially named Dinictis. This meat-eating mammal likely looked and acted like a small leopard, but the first cats didn't evolve until at least 5 million years later. This fossil is dated to 30 million years ago, from South Dakota.
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U-M students, UMMNH is now accepting applications!Join the Student Docent Program and help with museum visitors programs...
01/02/2020

U-M students, UMMNH is now accepting applications!
Join the Student Docent Program and help with museum visitors programs, birthday parties, events, the museum store, and much more!

For more information and to apply, visit our website.
Application deadline: January 10, 2020.

#WhatsitWednesday? Examine the photo carefully, then take your best guess!
01/01/2020

#WhatsitWednesday? Examine the photo carefully, then take your best guess!

Our mastodon couple is excited to welcome in the New Year side-by-side! We hope you have someone special to celebrate wi...
12/31/2019

Our mastodon couple is excited to welcome in the New Year side-by-side! We hope you have someone special to celebrate with too!

We are closed today & tomorrow, but we look forward to seeing you again in 2020! ๐ŸŽ‰

Support the new museum by becoming a Charter Member before it's too late! TOMORROW is your last chance! Receive numerous...
12/30/2019

Support the new museum by becoming a Charter Member before it's too late! TOMORROW is your last chance!

Receive numerous benefits including a 20% discount in the Museum Store, a 10% discount in Darwinโ€™s cafรฉ, free Planetarium & Dome Theater passes, and more!

To join or renew your membership by Dec. 31, 2019, use this link: https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/give-and-join/membership.html

Did you know we host trillions of bacteria in our gut that thrive on the food we eat? One of the essential nutrients tha...
12/28/2019

Did you know we host trillions of bacteria in our gut that thrive on the food we eat? One of the essential nutrients that gut bacteria acquire from our diet is iron.

Come to the Science Forum TODAY at 1PM to meet University of Michigan researcher Nupur Das, where he will be sharing a recent discovery about gut bacteria and how this knowledge can be used to design treatments for iron disorders. Michigan Medicine #SciComm #stomachscience #microbesinsideme #Gutmicrobiota #Anemia #Iron #HIF

#FossilFridayThe Majungasaurus has been getting some attention in the press lately. Check out this article by The New Yo...
12/27/2019

#FossilFriday
The Majungasaurus has been getting some attention in the press lately. Check out this article by The New York Times (http://ow.ly/yCs150xyFXm) and then come visit UMMNH's own Majungasaurus! It's a crowd favorite!

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Since it's #ChristmasBirdCount season, it's the perfect opportunity to show some of the birds on display at UMMNH! Learn...
12/26/2019

Since it's #ChristmasBirdCount season, it's the perfect opportunity to show some of the birds on display at UMMNH! Learn more about these species and their natural habitats by visiting the museum's Exploring Michigan gallery!

The Christmas Bird Count, administered by the National Audubon Society since 1900, is an annual census of birds. Bird-watchers all across the Western Hemisphere work together to collect and compile bird population data for public and scientific use! Learn more about it here: http://ow.ly/FaC950xCy5I
#birdconservation #CBC #birdcensus #birdsofinstagram #birdwatching #umicheeb
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๐Ÿ“ธcredit: Michelle Andonian

Happy Holidays! The museum is closed both today and tomorrow, but it'll be open again on Thursday, Dec. 26. See you soon...
12/24/2019

Happy Holidays! The museum is closed both today and tomorrow, but it'll be open again on Thursday, Dec. 26. See you soon!

Today is #NationalRootsDay! Don't forget, you can learn more about your family tree in a natural history museum too! Com...
12/23/2019

Today is #NationalRootsDay! Don't forget, you can learn more about your family tree in a natural history museum too! Come visit our evolution gallery, and explore the fascinating history we all share! #UMMNH #ancestry #homosapien #evolution

Today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also co...
12/21/2019

Today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also considered the astronomical beginning of winter. โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ด

From now on, our days will gradually become longer and longer until the summer solstice in June! So settle in, put on some pajamas, and get some extra sleep while you still can! #WinterSolstice #NorthernHemisphere #Winter #AnnArbor

This #FossilFriday, come see the museum's newest addition: a Quetzalcoatlus wing bone!Paleontologists have found only a ...
12/20/2019

This #FossilFriday, come see the museum's newest addition: a Quetzalcoatlus wing bone!

Paleontologists have found only a few Quetzalcoatlus northropi bones. This one is its humerus โ€” the upper wing or arm bone that connects to the shoulder. Fossil wing bones tell us that Quetzalcoatlus northropi was one of the largest flying animals that ever lived! Come see it on display next to our impressive Quetzalcoatlus model! #UMMNH #fossil #umichpaleo #paleontology #MoretoExplore
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Dancing with the dinosaurs! ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿ•บUniversity of Michigan Professor Robin Wilson's dance class visited UMMNH for an improv se...
12/19/2019

Dancing with the dinosaurs! ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿ•บ

University of Michigan Professor Robin Wilson's dance class visited UMMNH for an improv session in the main atrium. These students spontaneously choreographed and performed interpretive dances under the watch of our mastodons.

Are you teaching a class that could use museum spaces in unexpected ways? Get inspired! Contact the main office to reserve your space in the museum today.
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance #umichLSA #UMMNH #improv #dance #UMstudent

#WhatsitWednesday? Time to start guessing!
12/18/2019

#WhatsitWednesday? Time to start guessing!

Why do museums collect objects, artifacts, and specimens? What is Science Communication and why do we need it?These ques...
12/17/2019

Why do museums collect objects, artifacts, and specimens? What is Science Communication and why do we need it?

These questions were explored by the 8th graders from University Middle Academy during a recent campus visit with The Center for Educational Outreach. These inquisitive students tried their hands at some of the same activities and exercises UMMNH Science Communication Fellows use to understand how people learn in informal learning environments.

UMMNH is proud to inspire the next generation of museum and STEM professionals! #students #SciComm #UMMNH #STEM

12/16/2019
Become a Charter Member TODAY!

Time is running out to become a Charter Member of the new museum! Purchase or renew your membership to become a Charter Member for life, but only until December 31, 2019!

You'll also get to enjoy numerous membership benefits such as a 20% discount in the Museum Store, a 10% discount at Darwin's Cafe, free Planetarium & Dome Theater passes, and much more!

For further details, visit our membership page: https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/give-and-join/membership.html

#ScienceSunday!๐Ÿšจ University of Michigan's Philip Gingerich and his colleagues have described a new genus and species of ...
12/15/2019
Newly described fossil whale represents intermediate stage between foot-powered and tail-powered swimming

#ScienceSunday!
๐Ÿšจ University of Michigan's Philip Gingerich and his colleagues have described a new genus and species of ancient whale: Aegicetus gehennae!

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https://news.umich.edu/newly-described-fossil-whale-represents-intermediate-stage-between-foot-powered-and-tail-powered-swimming/?fbclid=IwAR0pzDZ-kCMqbP5EFaEtCC_sS2DUZCf3p_liCvNBDtnuRLC8Ed-6TE17g5I

ANN ARBORโ€”A newly described fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale locomotion, according to a University of Michigan paleontologist and his colleagues. The fossilized remains of Aegicetus gehennae were recovered in the Egyptian desert in 2007 and wer

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Do you and your family enjoy Rocks, Minerals or Fossils? If so, this event is perfect for you! Rock, Mineral & Fossil Auction at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. Saturday, February 29 - Sunday, March 1, 2020. Fun family event with three auctions every hour; silent, oral, and mini silent (which is perfect for kids or novice collector). Auction proceeds benefit Scholarship Funds at Schoolcraft College. Event: https://facebook.com/events/s/rock-mineral-fossil-auction/477613403191618/?ti=cl See website for complete auction details: https://roaminrockclub.weebly.com/rock-mineral-fossil-auction-schoolcraft-college-livonia-michigan.html
Visited the Museum of Natural History gift shop this morning--good sale at 30% off--and for a good cause, to support public education of science here at the U of M!
Remembering Dinosaur๐Ÿฆ– Discovery day this morning.
Showing off my sweatshirt at work today (and my little porcupine plushie) ! Thanks for all you do and for being so awesome!
We got a behind the scenes view this morning
Mayan God carrying the God of the cross (1519) ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Great displays, super planetarium, clear layout
Enjoyed our visit today!!
It was ok, but way too big on evolution.
It's recently been renovated, so it's very clean, and the mammoths are new. I enjoy that there are certain exhibits then encourage you to touch (bc I'm a touchy person). :-)
Loved the dinosaur bones!
What do you have about Muserichords?