The Museum of Natural History is CLOSED until further notice.

The U-M Museum of Natural History takes the health and safety of our staff and community seriously. As a result of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation, the museum will be closed until further notice. Please watch this site for updates.

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

Free Parking on Sundays!

Most non-marked spots in any Campus Faculty/Staff Parking (including the Palmer Faculty/Staff Only entrance) are free on Sundays. (Do NOT park in Gold, Business Vehicle, or other marked spots.) However, paid visitor lots require payment seven days a week.

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.