We want to help you tell your story.

Whether you need to fulfill NSF Broader Impacts requirements or just want to share what you do with the public, the U-M Museum of Natural History can provide you with the expertise, support, and audience to achieve your science outreach goals. We have 15+ years of experience working with faculty on Broader Impacts, including support for nearly 50 funded proposals!

With free admission, the museum is open and accessible to everyone.

The U-M Museum of Natural History welcomes more than 200,000 annual visitors and offers a broad array of exhibits and educational programs that serve campus, community, and K-12 audiences.

In 2019, the museum completed its move to the new Biological Sciences Building, with innovative exhibits and programs that keep pace with current scientific thought and inspire audiences to engage in explorations of scientific research and discovery. 

No matter your target audience, we have staff with the experience and expertise to help you reach campus, community, and K-12 audiences.

Examples include:

  • Inquiry-based, hands-on educational programs 
  • Multimedia experiences in our fulldome theater 
  • Research stations that showcase your work 
  • And more!

How to work with us

Contact the museum at least 2 months before your proposal deadline.  We'll schedule an initial meeting with you to discuss what types of programs and/or exhibit elements might be a good fit for your Broader Impacts goals.  Once you've decided upon your preferred program/exhibit elements from those proposed, we'll create a detailed budget proposal for you to review and upon approval, a letter of collaboration.

Faculty Testimonials

“My outreach plans would have been impossible without the Museum of Natural History. They took my ideas, made them better, and put them into practice.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.”

Chris Poulsen, Associate Dean for Natural Sciences, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

"A reviewer from my FUNDED NSF proposal said it best: “This is the most serious undertaking of BI I’ve seen as a reviewer, ever.”

Anthony Vecchiarelli, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Alicia Comer
Science Outreach Grants Manager

Kira Berman
Assistant Director for Education

Amy Harris