Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Free for individuals and families
Masks optional

The U-M Museum of Natural History inspires curiosity with exhibits that explore the natural world from molecules to dinosaurs, a planetarium to discover the Universe, science demonstrations, and U-M scientists discussing their research.

Admission for individuals and families is free. Donations are always appreciated. Check out our group programs here.

Changes are occurring in some exhibit areas, and you may encounter temporary closures. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Questions? Email


Arriving at the Museum

COVID Protocols

The U-M Museum of Natural History remains committed to the safety and well-being of our guests and staff and have implemented the following protocols:

  • Masks are optional
    • Masks are encouraged in the planetarium for the safety of our guests and presenters.
  • All visitors are required to complete the U-M health screening on the day of visit. 
  • Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum. 
  • 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

  • To preserve our specimens and artifacts, food and most drinks are not allowed in the museum. Water is permitted.

  • You can access a digital map of the museum here.

  • Darwin’s Cafe is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the Darwin’s website to confirm hours.

Parking and Directions



The Biological Sciences Building (BSB) is located 1105 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, next to the museum’s 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 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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

Within the Palmer Structure, take the South Elevator to the Plaza Level (P), turn right as you exit and walk around to the front of the Biological Sciences Building on the south side of the building. Enter through the doors flanked by two statues of pumas at the east end of the building.

$2.00 per hour

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday

On Sundays, free parking is also available in unmarked “Blue” faculty/staff spaces.

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


Environmentally Friendly Options

Take the bus! The museum is near the Central Campus Transit Center which is serviced by Routes  23, 62, and 32. For more information, visit

Ride a bike! There are many bike racks scattered around the Biological Sciences Building.

Look for the South Elevator in Palmer Parking Structure




Museum Map

View a map of the museum. You can enhance your visit by downloading our free app which includes self-guided tours,  a curated list of exhibits, events calendar, and museum map. Available for download on iOS or Android.