See the New Museum!

Educator Preview Night

Thursday, April 4, 2019

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Preview the new museum before the public opening!  This event is free and is open to educators and their family members. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please register by Friday, March 22. Register online or by calling the museum’s main office at (734) 764-0480.

Explore and learn about our new offerings:

  • All-new, hands-on, and minds-on exhibits with new and favorite specimens and artifacts (more exhibits in November)

  • Two hands-on Investigate Labs where students can do what scientists do (opening in November)

  • Planetarium & Dome Theater that will expand traditional planetarium capabilities

  • Science Forum, an informal space for scientist presentations, demonstrations,and films

  • The Museum Store

Educator Preview Night

When: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Register online or

Call (734) 764-0480

Bring Your Students to the New Museum!

Through its exhibits and programs, the new U-M Museum of Natural History provides access to the scientific resources of the University of Michigan.

The museum also offers educational programs for schools and other community groups using inquiry-based styles of teaching. Children are invited to look, touch, and question, with the exhibits as focal points. Our programs support state curriculum guidelines.

2019 is a transitional year for the museum. We open to the public on April 14 with additional exhibit and programming spaces opening in the fall. Our school and group programs will be evolving throughout the year.

Be sure you’re on our mailing list to learn about the latest offerings.

Click on the images below to learn more about our school and group programs.

Available in May and June 2019

Bring your students for a “Sneak Peek” of the museum’s galleries that will open to the public on April 14, 2019!

A Sneak Peek program includes admission to the exhibits, a host to greet your group, and at least one gallery hands-on cart.

During this period, your class or group will be able to explore the new Evolution: Life through Time gallery, On the Trail of Mastodons exhibit, the Science Forum (a new presentation space where visitors can meet U-M scientists), the Planetarium & Dome Theater, our Community Room, the Museum Store, and more!

Coming in Fall 2019

Registration will open in late May for the fall of 2019

In addition to the Sneak Peek, groups can schedule programs in one of two hands-on Investigate Labs where students can do what scientists do.

  • The Nature Lab will focus on collections-based science, featuring objects from paleontology, anthropology, zoology, botany, and geology, and highlighting ecology and evolutionary biology.

  • The Micro Worlds Lab will feature opportunities for visitors to inquire into molecular, cellular, and developmental biology using microscopes and other scientific tools.

Coming in November

The entire museum will be open with the addition of Exploring Michigan, Under the Microscope, and People and the Planet galleries.


The Assistant Director for Education, Kira Berman, can be reached by phone at 734.647.8574 or via email at Your questions, feedback, suggestions, and comments are welcome.

To schedule a program:  Contact the main office at 734.764.0480 or via email at  All scheduling is coordinated through the main office.


Biological Sciences Building, 1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085 | 734-764-0478

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