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August Press Release

Museum closed Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014


Still Time for August Science Fun!
Registration is still open for the Museum’s summer camp program! Camp Explorations is celebrating its 17th year of summer science fun for ages 6-12. Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling and plenty of fun!  August morning sessions (8 am to 12 noon) include Ecology in Your Backyard (July 28-August 1; August 4-8), and Emerging Engineers (August 11-15). August afternoon sessions (1-4 pm) include Amazing Animals (July 28-August 1; August 4-8) and Science Extravaganza (August 11-15). We also offer aftercare for a nominal fee. A complete listing of camp sessions, along with more details, is available online at (click on the camp quicklink). Email or call734.647.6421 for more information.


Hands-On Demos: Hunting Mastodons?!
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
In this demonstration, step back 12,000 years into the last Ice Age. Explore the evidence of mastodon hunting by people who lived in Michigan! Discover how archaeologists today study artifacts and learn about the evidence of interactions between people and mastodons. Make your own cast of a tool that may have been used in the hunting of mastodons, a Clovis Point! This will help us to see how museum scientists reproduce important artifacts. Hands-on demos are 20-30 minute interactive programs combining brief presentations highlighting university research with engaging hands-on activities. They are suitable for adults and children, ages 5 and up. 


Free Dinosaur Tours! Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm 
Attention dinosaur fans! Join us at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits. Sign up on the day of the tour. Limit: 15 people. Sponsored by UM Credit Union.  


The Sky Tonight: Star Talk
Saturdays at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm; Sundays at 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Monday-Friday, June 30- Aug 29 at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Bright stars, constellations, planets, and telescopic objects in the current night sky will be discussed in this live “star talk.” Then leave Earth and “fly” out into space to examine the planets in the current sky.

Hubble Vision
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm
Major themes in current astronomy and cosmology are presented, including new views of the planets, peeks into star-birth nurseries, visions of star death in its many forms, explorations of star clusters and galaxies, and views of the universe when the earliest galaxies were first coming into being.

Stars to Starfish
Saturdays at 12:30 pm
Stars to Starfish compares the exploration of our universe with the exploration of Earth’s oceans. Underscoring the importance of our home’s last great resource, this beautiful excursion features stunning underwater photography and videography by Mike and Jan Davis.

The Little Star That Could
Monday-Friday through August 29 at 12:30 pm
Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. He meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our Solar System.

Light Years From Andromeda
Monday-Friday, June 30- August 29 at 2:30 pm
A beam of light leaves the Andromeda Galaxy and travels across intergalactic space. On a nearby planet, intelligent life evolves. As the light speeds across the light years, the primitives on the planet form cultures and civilizations—and begin to wonder about the universe surrounding them. When the light reaches Earth, some of the descendants of the early hunters have just escaped the bonds of their world’s gravity, and visited the Moon.

All ages admitted.  Planetarium prices are $5 for adults, seniors, & children. 

About the Museum
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm. The Museum is located at 1109 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor;  the main entrance is one block west of Washtenaw Avenue. Admission to the Museum is free for individuals and families; groups of 10 or more must call to make a reservation.  For more information, call (734) 764-0478. Visit our website—www.