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Last Night at the Museum!

Mark your calendars for the end of an era! Spend the last night of 2017 with us as we celebrate and honor the last day at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in the Ruthven Museums Building. We’re planning a ticketed adult Last Night at the Museum gala celebration on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Sign up for our email list to get the latest details!

Last Day at the Museum, Saturday, December 30, 2017 - A FREE family event with special activities to commemorate your personal history with the Museum!


New Museum Openings

There are so many exciting things about the new Museum that we need to have three events to celebrate!


The first celebration will be with all the other occupants* of the BSB in the fall of 2018 when the building opens for classes and scientists. Although the Museum galleries will not open then, our iconic mastodon couple, and the hanging whales, Basilosaurus and Dorudon will be on view in the building’s east atrium.



The second opening event takes place in the spring of 2019 when several exhibit galleries and the new Digital Dome Theater open to the public.



The final celebration will be in the fall of 2019 when remaining exhibits will be installed and the entire Museum is ready for visitors!

*Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; the Museum of Paleontology, and the Ann Arbor campus offices for the U-M Biological Station.