December 8, 2016
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear when we talk about plans for the new Museum in the Biological Science Building is: “What will happen to the current museum building?”We are pleased to share that the Board of Regents has approved a conceptual plan to preserve the 1928 Albert H. Kahn-designed Ruthven Museums Building and repurpose it for administration, research, and classroom use. You can learn more here.
September 15, 2016
The Puma is keeping his eye on the construction of his new home at the new Biological Science Building -- the future location of the U-M Museum of Natural History! The exterior of the building will be covered in a rainscreen of terra cotta tiles designed to enhance the building's energy efficiency.
April 20, 2016
The BSB Construction Team was quite busy over the winter assembling the steel superstructure of the new Biological Science Building, future home of the UMMNH. They completed more than one third of a huge "erector set" which consists of approximately 5,900 individual pieces and held together with over 58,000 bolts.
January 22, 2016
The concrete foundations and basement walls for the new Biological Science Building, future home of the U-M Museum of Natural History, are approximately 80% complete. This activity will finish up in February. Structural steel will begin to arrive in February. Steel erection will take upwards of 5-6 months to complete.
March 19, 2015
We're Breaking Ground!
Site work has begun for the new Biological Science Building, future home of the U-M Museum of Natural History and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts' biology departments and research museums.
Substantial completion of the new building is expected around the first of January 2018. The Museum of Natural History will likely remain open in its current location until sometime in 2018. The Museum will then close for a period of time while the staff readies the new Museum space and exhibits in the Biological Science Building. No decisions have yet been made regarding the future of the Ruthven
Stay tuned for future updates!
November 20, 2014
New UMMNH Space: Regents Approve Plans
November 20, 2014 - The Regents of the University of Michigan approved the schematic design for a new Biological Science Building, which will be the new home for the U-M Museum of Natural History and will be shared with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ biology departments and research museums.
The new U-M Museum of Natural History space is expected to open in 2019.
The current museum in the Ruthven Museums Building will likely remain open until sometime in 2018. The University has not made any decisions about the future of the Ruthven Museums Building, home of the current museum.
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