Sundays and Fridays from Noon-4:00 p.m.

The University has approved museum visitation for members of the University of Michigan community (Mcard holders). We hope to open our doors to all of our audiences soon, but for now, only U-M students, faculty, and staff have access on Sundays and Fridays from Noon-4:00 p.m.  Everyone in the party must have their own valid Mcard (U-M ID). We’re sorry that we cannot admit children at this time.

Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.

The museum occupancy is reduced to 10% capacity, and safety protocols have been instituted in accordance with University of Michigan requirements. Some activities and exhibit areas, including the planetarium, are closed at this time.

We look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back to the U-M Museum of Natural History. Sign up for our news alerts to get updates and to receive our Museum@Home newsletter.

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Hours: Sundays and Fridays from Noon-4:00 p.m.

Admission is free (donations appreciated), but each member of your party must have a valid McardWe’re sorry that we cannot admit children at this time. Gallery capacity is reduced to ensure safe social distancing, so no large groups, please. 

Arriving at the Museum

Enter through the museum’s main entrance—between the pumas—on the southeast side of the building.

  • Complete the U-M health screening on the day of your visit. Have the “completed” screen (or screenshot) ready to show.
  • Swipe your valid Mcard at the host desk.
  • Wear a face mask anywhere on the University of Michigan campus including indoors and outside. Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly. No vented face coverings are permitted.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least one puma statue (six feet) from other visitors.

Please do not come to the museum if you or any member of your party feels unwell. Visitors showing signs of illness at the time of their visit will be asked to return at a later date.


In the Museum

  • All museum staff members will be wearing face masks and maintaining social distance. 
  • All visitors must wear a face mask at all times while in the museum. 
  • The coatroom is not available.
  • You can access a digital map of the museum here.
  • Social distancing is required and will be enforced.
  • High-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day, and hand sanitizing stations will be available at several locations. Nevertheless, please avoid touching exhibits.
  • Disposable tools for touching screens will be provided.
  • The elevator has limited capacity due to social distancing. For those who can, using stairs is encouraged.

A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, we ask that you observe all the precautions listed above.

Welcome back to the U-M Museum of Natural History. We look forward to seeing you!





Parking and Directions

The Biological Sciences Building (BSB) is located next to our old home in the Ruthven Building—just across the plaza to the north. You can identify us by the "Golden Dome" of our new Planetarium & Dome Theater off of Washtenaw Avenue, north of Geddes Avenue.

Palmer Parking Structure Location

200 Palmer Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Palmer Visitor Parking Structure is just north of us and recommended for visitors. Parking can be difficult on weekdays during the University of Michigan fall and winter semesters. 

From the Palmer Structure, take the South Elevator to the Plaza Level (P), exit to the right, and cross the plaza to the museum.

$1.90 per hour 

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Alternative Parking Options
The City of Ann Arbor has parking structures throughout the city. The closest to the museum is the Forest Street Structure. Ann Arbor Parking


Look for the South Elevator in Palmer Parking Structure


Museum Map

Stay safe and make your way around the museum with a digital map.