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New Museum Project

The New University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

We're always exploring.

New discoveries, new methodologies, new technologies. Our understanding of the natural world and our place in it is constantly expanding.

In order to bring you emerging discoveries in the natural sciences and anthropology, our museum is also evolving. In 2019, the new U-M Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) will open in the brand new Biological Science Building, allowing us to expand our footprint and invite visitors to be a part of University of Michigan science.

We are building a new UMMNH space that will put the process of discovery on display, breaking down the boundaries between the public and research areas of our new building.

  • Visitors will be able to observe real working laboratories where U-M scientists are conducting research. Research stations placed throughout the new Museum will highlight the latest U-M discoveries.
  • New and favorite specimens and artifacts from the Ruthven Museum will be reinterpreted with the most up-to-date science. 
  • More interactive, hands-on, and minds-on exhibits will offer opportunities to engage and inspire visitors of all ages and abilities.
  • The new Digital Dome Theater will expand traditional planetarium capabilities into other realms of science such as biology, geology, and archaeology.
  • Expanded program space includes a presentation space, a multi-purpose community room, and two hands-on public investigate labs.