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Sneak Peek!

Museum staff, U-M faculty and exhibit design consultants from Great Plains Exhibit Development Joint Venture are working together to present both new and favorite specimens and artifacts in new ways and with the most up-to-date science. While the planning continues and names and details may change, here is a sneak peek at a few of the major galleries of the new Museum. Exhibit titles may change and images show early concept renderings, also likely to change.


Exploring Evolution

A new touchable skull of T.rex will greet visitors as they walk through time, seeing new and favorite specimens displaying the evolutionary process. The Museum’s new dinosaur—the Majungasaurus—will be located in this gallery.


Explore the natural wonders of our state—from its formation in prehistoric times to the diverse range of ecosystems we see today. Five brand-new, full-size dioramas will showcase typical Michigan habitats and animals. Visitors can also engage in hands-on/minds-on science in the Field Station, or enjoy the family area with activities for younger children.


Foundations of Life

This exhibit will present biology at the smallest scale—cells, molecules and genes. And since this content can’t be seen with the naked eye, it’s been blown up 100,000 times so that visitors can walk into a cell and see its inner workings. There will be microscopes for examining cells and activities including a digital game showing how environment can affect gene expression.


Digital Dome Theater

Featuring state-of-the-art technology, the new Digital Dome Theater will expand traditional planetarium capabilities into other realms of science such as biology, geology, and archaeology.