The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

hours & directions

Holiday Hours

Day before Thanksgiving: 10am-4:30pm
Thanksgiving: CLOSED

Christmas Eve: CLOSED
Christmas Day: CLOSED

New Year's Eve: CLOSED
Open New Year's Day: 10am-4:30pm

Winter is a great time to take a stroll and appreciate the conifers along the trails at the Arb and Gardens. If you wish to avoid the chill of winter, stop into the Conservatory at the Gardens to experience the sights and smells of plants from all over the world.
Check out the bloom calendar.
Arb Parking Tip
Free street parking spaces are sometimes available on Oswego St. near the Arb's Geddes Street entrance.
Click here for a map.
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory, Garden Store, Lobby, & Display Gardens

Fall / Winter Hours (Labor Day - mid-May)
Daily 10 am - 4:30 pm; Wednesdays until 8 pm
Free admission

see summer hours (Mid-May - Labor Day)

Summer hours (Mid-may - Labor Day):

Daily 10 am - 8 pm
Trails: daily sunrise to sunset

Conservatory admission is free.
Donations welcome!

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens trails

Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset
Free admission

  • Nichols Arboretum / Visitor Center

Arboretum open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Visitor Center open Tuesday-Sunday; Visitor Center open seasonally mid-March through Mid-November.
Free admission

Note: summer 2016 construction on Observatory affects Arboretum parking and traffic. In a 2-part project beginning in early May through the end of August, Washington Hts. becomes a 2-way street and the Arb parking spaces on Washington Hts. move to the U-M blue lot across the street (Lot M95; see map). Observatory street at E. Medical Center Dr. closes in the first phase (see map) and then Observatory closes at Washington Hts. during the second phase (see map). Visitors traveling by car to Nichols Arboretum are encouraged to park in the U-M hospital P2 structure before 5 pm. The blue lot above Ronald McDonald House on Washington Hts. is open after 5 weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays. Remember to build in extra time to get to the Arb if you're attending an event such as Shakespeare in the Arb.

  • Parking at Matthaei

Please park only in designated parking areas, which are identified by numbered spaces at the main entrance to the lobby/conservatory and in the west parking lot. Parking cost is $1.50 per hour, with a $5 maximum per day. Parking pay kiosks accept credit cards, bills, and coins. Matthaei-Nichols members park for free. Follow instructions on kiosk to enter space number then member number. Click here for more parking information.

  • Free Transportation to Matthaei

Thanks to a "Quick Wins" grant from the University we can offer free transportation to the Gardens for UM classes and groups. Click here for more information.


  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
    1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Click here for map

Bike to the Bot: view route options for biking to the Botanical Gardens.

Google Maps Directions to Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Starting point:  
(e.g. your address, "DTW", "Main and William, Ann Arbor", etc.)

From I-96 Exit I-96 at US-23 South (Toledo). Exit US-23 at Plymouth Road (exit 41). Turn left onto Plymouth Road. Continue east on Plymouth Road for approximately 1.5 miles then turn right onto Dixboro Road. The Gardens will be on your left after approximately 1 mile..

From I-275 Exit I-275 at M-14. Exit M-14 at US-23 South (Toledo). Exit US-23 at Plymouth Road (exit 41). Turn left onto Plymouth Road. Continue east on Plymouth Road for approximately 1.5 miles then turn right onto Dixboro Road. The Gardens will be on your left after approximately 1 mile..

From I-94 Exit I-94 at US-23 North (Flint). Exit US-23 at Geddes Road. Turn right onto Geddes Road. Continue east on Geddes Road for approximately .1 miles then turn left onto Dixboro Road. The Gardens will be on your right after approximately 2 miles.

  • Nichols Arboretum

Nichols Arboretum is located adjacent to U-M's Central Campus in Ann Arbor.
James D. Reader, Jr. Urban Environmental Education Center at the Burnham House

Note: All trails within the Arboretumís borders are closed to motorized vehicles. This includes Nichols Drive, which follows the river within the Arb after visitors have entered the Arboretum from U-M lot M-29.

1610 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Click here for a map

By car:
Interactive Directions to Nichols Arboretum
(powered by Google Maps)

Starting point:   
(e.g. your address, "Ypsi", "Eiffel Tower", etc.)

From I-94, take US-23 North, exit at Washtenaw Avenue, west, turn right onto Observatory St., then right onto Washington Heights.

From M-14, Take US-23 south from M-14 and exit at Geddes Rd. Go west on Geddes (it will become Fuller Rd.). Turn left on East Medical Center Drive across from the U-M Hospital and follow E. Medical Center Dr. around the hospital to the light at Observatory. Turn left on Observatory, then left at the next street, Washington Hts. The entrance to the Arb is at the end of Washington Hts.

Important note: While limited metered parking is available along Washington Hts. and Observatory St., several other parking options exist, including hospital parking structures and surface lots. Click here for a printable PDF of parking options.

By bus: We encourage Arb visitors to take advantage year round of the Ann Arbor and U-M bus systems, particularly on weekdays when parking near the Arb is limited (parking is available in the Washington Hts. U-M blue lot on weekends and after 5pm weekdays).

Please check visit the Ride for maps and schedules as routes do change. The Arboretum's Washington Hts. entrance is across from the University of Michigan medical campus and is served by the U-M bus system via teh Commuter Northbound and Southbound and the UMHS Intercampus. You can review the U-M bus routes on the U-M Parking and Transportation Services website.

On foot: Pedestrians from both the U-M Hospital and U-M Central Campus can reach the Arboretumís Washington Heights entrance by using the sidewalks along East Medical Center Drive. The Geddes Avenue entrance across from Oxford Housing is readily accessible on foot. Click here for walking directions to the Arb from campus.

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens Lost and Found

Through the year, we accumulate many coats, jackets, mittens, hats, and umbrellas. If you leave behind an item, you can stop by our coatroom and check to see if it is there. Any unclaimed items will be given to charity.

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