University of Michigan to Unveil New Home for the Museum of Natural History on April 14

U-M Museum of Natural History will open to visitors with new exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a stunning building that brings scientific research into public view; week-long events to occur leading up to opening day

Ann Arbor, Mich. – April 8, 2019 – The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) will re-open to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring a “T.rex,” at 8:45 a.m. on April 14.

Favorite displays and specimens will mix with new exhibits in a stunning, state-of-the-art learning facility that combines billions of years of natural history with cutting-edge scientific research.

The museum, part of U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, closed in December 2017, moving from its previous home in the Ruthven Building to its current location across the plaza in the new, $261-million, 312,000-square-foot Biological Sciences Building (BSB), one of the largest and most interactive teaching and research facilities of its kind among higher education institutions.

Due to the anticipated high-crowd levels on opening day, we will be utilizing a wristband distribution system to help maintain a safe and enjoyable museum experience:

  • Come to the Wristband Distribution tent, located between the pedestrian bridge over Washtenaw and the museum’s Puma entrance to collect a FREE wristband for your desired return time.
  • Explore Ann Arbor and come back to the wristband entry line during your return time for expedited entry into the museum.

Standby entry will also be available, but does not guarantee admission.

Wristband distribution will begin at 8:30 AM.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Parking and Directions

The new Museum of Natural History is in the U-M Biological Sciences Building (BSB) and is located just north of our old home in the Ruthven Building. You can identify us by the "Golden Dome" of our new Planetarium & Dome Theater off Washtenaw Avenue, north of Geddes Avenue.

Look for the South Elevator in Palmer Parking Structure

Palmer Parking Structure Location

The U-M Palmer Parking Structure is just north of the museum from Washtenaw Avenue.

200 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Visitor parking is $1.70 per hour

From the Palmer Structure parking area:

  • Take the South Elevator to the plaza level
  • Exit to the right and walk around the 5-story Biological Sciences Building until you see the pumas outside the museum’s

Free Parking on Sundays!

All non-marked spots in any Campus Staff Parking (including the Palmer Faculty/Staff Only entrance) is free on Sundays. (Do NOT park in Gold, Business Vehicle, or other marked spots.)

We’re on the Bus Line!

The museum is also easily reached using AATA "The Ride" buses #4B, 23, and 81, which stop nearby at the Central Campus Transit Center, just south of us in front of the Ruthven Building. Visit for more information.

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