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Temporary Exhibits

Museum on the Move

Through December 31, 2017

The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History will be moving into a new facility, opening in 2019. Come discover where we’ve come from and where we’re headed in ​this new exhibit about our past and future. View fascinating historic images and plans for the new museum, and revisit past exhibit favorites retrieved from our archives.

The U-M Museum of Natural History and affiliated research museums began with the creation of a Cabinet of Natural History in the late 1830s. Since then, we have inhabited three buildings and the style of our displays has changed from encyclopedic to interactive.

As we prepare to move to a fourth home in the Biological Science Building under construction next door, with new and exciting things to offer, it turns out a big move to a new museum isn’t quite as new and different as it seems. Our museum has been constantly on the move, shifting and changing throughout its 180-year existence.  

Bristle Mammoth Exhibit

November 5, 2016 through December 31, 2017

The mammoth remains found near Chelsea, Michigan, last fall will be on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) beginning Saturday, November 5, 2016.

The Bristle Mammoth (pronounced BRIS-lee) is named for James and Melody Bristle, the farming family who found the remains on their property and donated them to the university.

Visitors will be able to touch one of the Bristle Mammoth’s bones, see some of the evidence for human activity at this site (such as the removal of edible tissues from parts of the carcass), and explore how the Bristle Mammoth’s bones, teeth and tusks will help scientists understand how these animals lived and why they went extinct.  Click here to learn more about the Bristle Mammoth.

The Bristle Mammoth exhibit will be on display from November 5, 2016 to December 31, 2017, when it will be moved to the Museum’s new location in the U-M Biological Science Building, opening in 2019. 

Extreme Time

Through December 31, 2017

Think you know all about time? What about things that happen in femtoseconds or eons? Time in the natural world is so extreme, you can’t even perceive most of its scale unaided. You’ll be amazed by the types of time you can explore in our new exhibit, and learn more about everyday time and how we measure it, too! The exhibit is open!