Mission

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History transforms hearts and minds by promoting understanding of the natural world, our place in it, and our impact on it. We bring campus and community together in participatory and inclusive learning experiences to explore the processes of science and to address urgent global and local challenges.

Vision

A world in which people understand the interconnectedness of all life and the responsibility we have to sustain it.

Programs

  • Tours and other programs for school groups (400-600 groups/year)
  • Planetarium shows for scheduled groups and the public
  • Summer camp
  • School field trip programs
  • Science Cafés
  • Lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations
  • Teacher training workshops
  • Discovery Days
  • ID Day
  • Behind the Scenes Day
  • Family Reading and Science
  • Science for Tomorrow
  • Family Halloween party
  • Exhibit openings
  • Preschool programs
  • Dinosaur and space birthday parties
  • Dinosaur Tours
  • Hands-On Demonstrations

Attendance

150,000+, including about 18,000 school children in groups

Audience

School children, families, University students and faculty, alumni, tourists, general visitors

Budget

$900,000+, of which approximately half is earned or raised by the Museum

History

  • U-M's natural history collections were founded in 1837
  • Ruthven Museums Building completed in 1928
  • Exhibit Museum formally established in 1956
  • The Museum changed its name from the "Exhibit Museum of Natural History" to the "University of Michigan Museum of Natural History" in 2011.

Purpose

Exhibits and education (not collecting or research)

Exhibits

Permanent exhibits on dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, changing temporary exhibits, and a Planetarium.

Accessibility

Free admission. (Fees apply for groups and Planetarium shows.)  Open 357 days per year. Accessible facility.

Governance

A unit of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Facility

19,000 square feet of exhibit space in a building shared with three research museums (Anthropological ArchaeologyZoologyPaleontology)

Staff

9 full-time staff, 5 part-time staff and temps, 50-60 paid student docents

Tax status

501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization

About the U-M Museum of Natural History

The museum is a part of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

The U-M Museum of Natural History opens its spectacular new facility in the Biological Sciences Building in April 2019. The building design blurs the boundaries between public and research areas, putting science on display. All-new exhibits and educational programs feature LSA’s world-class natural science collections, cutting-edge research by U-M faculty, and interdisciplinary topics of global and local concern.

Governance

A unit of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History transforms hearts and minds by promoting understanding of the natural world, our place in it, and our impact on it. We bring campus and community together in participatory and inclusive learning experiences to explore the processes of science and to address urgent global and local challenges.

Vision

A world in which people understand the interconnectedness of all life and the responsibility we have to sustain it.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Web Services: Link to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Strategic Plan

2018-2022 U-M Museum of Natural History Strategic Plan Summary

Brief History

  • U-M's natural history collections were founded in 1837
  • Collections were on public display already in the early 1840s
  • Ruthven Museums Building completed in 1928
  • Exhibit Museum formally established in 1956
  • The museum changed its name to the "University of Michigan Museum of Natural History" in 2011
  • The U-M Museum of Natural History opens in the Biological Sciences Building in 2019

Find out more about our history. 

Communicating research is a priority for the new UMMNH:

  • Visitors will be able to see working labs in the new facility.
  • Over 140 faculty, postdocs, and grad students have completed UMMNH’s Science Communication Fellows program, based on NSF’s Portal to the Public framework.
  • Since 2005, UMMNH has supported Broader Impacts outreach components for more than 150 faculty NSF proposals, with a 25% funding rate (32% rate for junior faculty CAREER grants).
  • Beginning in November 2019, the Naturalist and Micro Worlds Investigate Labs featuring hands-on science activities will be open to the public,, and Research Stations featuring faculty research will be on view.

Attendance

165,000+, including about 18,000 school children in groups (based on fiscal year 2017 in our previous location).

Audience

General visitors, families, U-M students, faculty, staff, and alumni, tourists, and school children.

Contact Us

Biological Sciences Building, 1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085
ummnh.info@umich.edu | 734-764-0478

UMMNH is a part of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts