University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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.

Visiting the Ann Arbor Art Fair next week?Stop by the Art Activity Zone  to participate in our CAPS! project. We'll be c...
07/10/2019

Visiting the Ann Arbor Art Fair next week?

Stop by the Art Activity Zone to participate in our CAPS! project. We'll be creating a life-size female sturgeon mural using plastic bottle caps. Bring your own caps or use the caps available.

More info: http://ow.ly/jtYg50uXMIi

07/09/2019

Every #Trex was once a vulnerable, feather-covered youngster, believed to have been the size of a cat when first hatched.

Credit: @AMNH/R. Peterson, Copyright AMNH

It's #NationalVideoGameDay ! 🎮While our interactive Scale of the Universe display isn't exactly a video game, it's still...
07/08/2019

It's #NationalVideoGameDay ! 🎮

While our interactive Scale of the Universe display isn't exactly a video game, it's still is a fun, hands-on way to explore the world around us. Be sure to try it out for yourself near the entrance to the planetarium.

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

Peek into the U-M Paleo Lab to see a mosasaur emerging from the rock! #fossilfriday #UMPaleo #UMsocial University of Mic...
07/05/2019

Peek into the U-M Paleo Lab to see a mosasaur emerging from the rock!

#fossilfriday #UMPaleo #UMsocial University of Michigan Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

📸: U-M Paleo

07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

We are closed today, but will reopen tomorrow during our regular visiting hours (9 AM - 5 PM).

Have a great Independence Day from all of us at #UMMNH !

The new @UMMNH has only been open a couple of months, but we're already Number 7 on the Top 20 Places to Take Kids in th...
07/03/2019

The new @UMMNH has only been open a couple of months, but we're already Number 7 on the Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Ann Arbor-Detroit Area! Thanks for voting!

PS: Adults like us, too!

@KidsOutAndAboutAnnArborDetroit @AnnArbor #AnnArbor

http://ow.ly/easj50uSFgq

07/02/2019
Summer At Michigan: Campus Museums

We're not the only museum on campus! Enjoy a museum day to beat the heat!

UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, and Kelsey Museum of Archaeology all offer world-class experiences to engage with history, art, and science right here on campus—and the best part is that they're FREE and open to the public.

Check out their websites for hours of operation and more information:

www.umma.umich.edu
lsa.umich.edu/kelsey
lsa.umich.edu/ummnh

When was the last time you visited Bonaparte?Visit him from the pedestrian bridge over Washtenaw for a prehistoric surpr...
06/25/2019

When was the last time you visited Bonaparte?

Visit him from the pedestrian bridge over Washtenaw for a prehistoric surprise, or view him from inside the museum to see phytoplankton, organisms that make up an important part of life on Earth.

📸: Michelle Andonian

Quetzacoatlus northropi is believed to have flown at speeds up to 80 mph! Due to their large wingspan it is thought that...
06/24/2019

Quetzacoatlus northropi is believed to have flown at speeds up to 80 mph! Due to their large wingspan it is thought that they mostly glided through the air, rather than flapping their wings.

📸: Roger Hart/Michigan Photography

A Saturday mood... 💭📸: Leisa Thompson Photography
06/22/2019

A Saturday mood... 💭

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

Camp is off to a great start! We ended the Solar System Safari session by launching our 🚀! See what our campers are up t...
06/21/2019

Camp is off to a great start! We ended the Solar System Safari session by launching our 🚀! See what our campers are up to all summer long by checking out our camp blog! sites.lsa.umich.edu/campexplorations

Celebrating the Summer Solstice today with our own golden star, our Planetarium and Dome theater! ☀️Be sure to check our...
06/21/2019

Celebrating the Summer Solstice today with our own golden star, our Planetarium and Dome theater! ☀️

Be sure to check our website for the ticket schedule. Tickets are available an hour before showtime.

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#DynamicPlanet isn't just rocks and minerals --- learn about the Earth's atmosphere, formation and more!📸: Leisa Thompso...
06/20/2019

#DynamicPlanet isn't just rocks and minerals --- learn about the Earth's atmosphere, formation and more!

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

Hungry?Stop by Darwin's on the first floor for a delicious bite, no matter how big your appetite! 🥪🦖Michigan Dining 📸: L...
06/19/2019

Hungry?

Stop by Darwin's on the first floor for a delicious bite, no matter how big your appetite! 🥪🦖
Michigan Dining

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

Have you checked out our Student Showcase yet?Located on the first floor behind the mastodons, you can see the exciting ...
06/18/2019

Have you checked out our Student Showcase yet?

Located on the first floor behind the mastodons, you can see the exciting research University of Michigan students have been working on! 👀🔬

Photo Credit: Leisa Thompson Photography

It's #BringYourCatToWorkDay !Remember the time we brought our big cats over to our new building? If you brought one of y...
06/17/2019

It's #BringYourCatToWorkDay !

Remember the time we brought our big cats over to our new building?

If you brought one of your feline friends to work today, be sure to share a photo with us!

#UMMNH #naturalhistory #pumas

Happy #FathersDay to all the dads out there! Thanks for all that you do!📸: Leisa Thompson Photography
06/16/2019

Happy #FathersDay to all the dads out there! Thanks for all that you do!

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

Nope! Your eyes don’t deceive you — you really are seeing UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art  on the UMMNH Faceb...
06/14/2019

Nope! Your eyes don’t deceive you — you really are seeing UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art on the UMMNH Facebook.

Today we’re doing a #MuseumInstaSwap! Follow us on our Instagram (@ummnh_museum) see some of the great stuff UMMA has in their collection, and follow them (@ummamuseum) to see their take on ours!

#UMsocial #UmichArts University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

06/13/2019
Planetarium & Dome Theater 360

Check out this 360 video of our state-of-the-art Planetarium & Dome Theater!

We have shows tonight at 5:30 and 6:30 PM, with extended hours tonight until 8 PM. Come stop by!

More info and showtimes can be found here: http://myumi.ch/65qKr

06/12/2019
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It's your last chance to vote for UMMNH for Best Museum in the Ann Arbor - Detroit Kids Out And About Top 20 Places to Take Kids survey!

Voting is still open until June 16th so be sure to cast your vote! By voting you'll get a chance to win a $100 Amazon Giftcard!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FB-2019AA

How to Tame your T. Rex 🦖📸: Leisa Thompson Photography#UMMNH #giftstore #TerrytheTRex
06/11/2019

How to Tame your T. Rex 🦖

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

#UMMNH #giftstore #TerrytheTRex

When you remember it's Monday. 😴This footprint was made by an adult male mastodon. The print is made up of imprints of b...
06/10/2019

When you remember it's Monday. 😴

This footprint was made by an adult male mastodon. The print is made up of imprints of both the front and back foot. Be sure to check it out on your next visit!

📸: @leisathompson

Celebrating #WorldOceansDay with our #Dorudon and #Basilosaurus, our two prehistoric whales. While found in Egypt, they'...
06/08/2019

Celebrating #WorldOceansDay with our #Dorudon and #Basilosaurus, our two prehistoric whales. While found in Egypt, they've also been found in parts of North America --- indicating they traveled across the ocean!

📸: Michelle Andonian Photography
#UMMNH #naturalhistory

The #Allosaurus was once the apex predator of the western U.S., coming in at 28 feet long and weighing over 5,000 pounds...
06/07/2019

The #Allosaurus was once the apex predator of the western U.S., coming in at 28 feet long and weighing over 5,000 pounds!

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

#FossilFriday #UMMNH #NaturalHistory

Thanks to everyone who has voted for us so far for Best Museum in the Ann Arbor - Detroit Kids Out And About Top 20 Plac...
06/06/2019
2019 Ann Arbor - Metro Detroit Top 20 Survey

Thanks to everyone who has voted for us so far for Best Museum in the Ann Arbor - Detroit Kids Out And About Top 20 Places to Take Kids survey! Vote for your chance to win a $100 Amazon Giftcard!

Voting is still open until June 16th so there's still time to vote for all your favorite places in Metro Detroit!

https://go.kidsoutandabout.com/e/501141/r-FB-2019AA/chv3sg/465801993?h=--LafqaQxgZhgcXL8ioG3a1nalNX7Q_S_cQ_79gPX0c

Show your appreciation to local businesses and enter to win at the same time!

Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay , a day to raise awareness about environmental issues across the globe.This year's theme i...
06/05/2019

Today is #WorldEnvironmentDay , a day to raise awareness about environmental issues across the globe.

This year's theme is air pollution. Here's some ways from the UN on how you can help reduce air pollution:

-Take public transportation, carpool, walk or bike to where you need to go
-Compost food and recycle non-organic trash
-Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
-Turn off the car engine when stationary

#BeatAirPollution

A cool #TransformationTuesday featuring our mighty mastodons! Notice any difference in their posture? U-M paleontologist...
06/04/2019

A cool #TransformationTuesday featuring our mighty mastodons!

Notice any difference in their posture? U-M paleontologist Dan Fisher was able to incorporate the latest findings about mastodons into their new stance as part of their move to our new building.

This is an Elephant bird egg -- although now extinct, these birds once lived on the island of Madagascar. Scientists bel...
06/03/2019

This is an Elephant bird egg -- although now extinct, these birds once lived on the island of Madagascar. Scientists believe these birds were up to 10 feet tall and weighed over 1,000 pounds!

#NationalEggDay

Happy #NationalSmileDay !Our Majungasaurus and Allosaurus have some great smiles, don't they?Share with us some of your ...
05/31/2019

Happy #NationalSmileDay !

Our Majungasaurus and Allosaurus have some great smiles, don't they?

Share with us some of your favorite smiles from your trips to the museum below!

📸: Leisa Thompson Photography

He ate horse meat stored in a pond to confirm a theory.Read about the unique research conducted by University of Michiga...
05/30/2019
Could Mammoth Bones Reveal When Humans First Arrived in North America?

He ate horse meat stored in a pond to confirm a theory.

Read about the unique research conducted by University of Michigan's Dan Fisher, a world-renowned expert on mastodons and mammoths.

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#ScienceSunday

Paleontologist Dan Fisher is challenging scientific consensus about when people first came to the continent and how they may have changed the world around them.

05/29/2019
NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

Want to be part of history? NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration is inviting you to submit your name to be sent on board the 2020 Mars Rover.

Check it out below!

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-public-to-submit-names-to-fly-aboard-next-mars-rover

Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — etched on microchips — to the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another planet.

We are closed today May 27th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.
05/27/2019

We are closed today May 27th in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

We have a cast skeleton and reconstruction model of Australopithecus sediba in our Evolution: Life Through Time gallery....
05/26/2019
Australopithecus sediba Not Likely Humans’ Ancestor: Study

We have a cast skeleton and reconstruction model of Australopithecus sediba in our Evolution: Life Through Time gallery.

#ScienceSunday

The fossil record for the ancient hominin A. sediba is younger than that of Homo, a "highly unlikely" scenario for a direct lineage.

As a reminder: we will be CLOSED tomorrow, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.
05/26/2019

As a reminder: we will be CLOSED tomorrow, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day.

Ever wanted to work in #SciComm? We're hiring! We're looking for a Science Communications Manager, check out the link be...
05/25/2019
Search Jobs | U-M Careers

Ever wanted to work in #SciComm? We're hiring!

We're looking for a Science Communications Manager, check out the link below for more info!

http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/172793/science_communication_manager

Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window. How to ApplyA cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience....

The museum will be open Saturday and Sunday at our regular operating hours, but will be closed on Monday in observance o...
05/24/2019

The museum will be open Saturday and Sunday at our regular operating hours, but will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

https://www.facebook.com/ummnh/posts/10157529827242868

We will be closed Monday May 27th, 2019 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday and will re-open Tuesday May 28th with our regular hours.

It's officially Gemini season! ♊️Be sure to catch our planetarium show "The Sky Tonight" to get a look at all the conste...
05/23/2019

It's officially Gemini season! ♊️

Be sure to catch our planetarium show "The Sky Tonight" to get a look at all the constellations you may be able to catch in the night sky. What's your favorite constellation?

Show Schedule:
Thursday at 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM

📸: Michelle Andonian

Address

1105 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI
48109

The museum is easily reached using AATA "The Ride" buses #4B, 23, and 81, which stop nearby at the Central Campus Transit Center, just south of us in front of the Ruthven Building. Visit theride.org for more information.

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