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Museum education staff strive to give schools, the University community, and other community groups access to the scientific resources of the University of Michigan, to provide outstanding educational programs, and to accomplish this with enthusiastic University student docents who teach visitors in small groups to ensure personal attention.

About 20,000 school children visit the Museum annually.  Most participate in guided tours led by docents. The docents receive extensive training, mentoring, and evaluation from the Museum’s education staff.  The Museum uses inquiry-based styles of teaching.  Children are invited to look, touch, and question, with the exhibits as focal points.   

Look forward to new science discovery experiences when the Museum reopens in 2019!

  • Interactive, hands-on, and minds-on exhibits
  • Innovative exhibits with new and favorite specimens and artifacts 
  • A new Planetarium & Dome Theater explores a wide variety of science subjects
  • Investigate labs for hands-on, public science
  • And newly designed student programs both onsite and in your classroom!

For information about other University of Michigan outreach programs, click here to visit the U-M Center for Educational Outreach website.

Now scheduling classroom visits for May and June 2019

The U-M Museum of Natural History will open in April 2019.  If you're interested in scheduling a visit for your classroom in May or June please call 734-764-0480 or email