Thursday through Sunday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Masks required.

The mastodons, dinosaurs, and staff are happy to welcome visitors back to the museum! Most exhibits are open, and we’ll be adding more experiences—including planetarium shows—throughout the fall.

Admission for individuals and families is free. We are not taking group reservations at this time.

Donations are always appreciated.

The museum occupancy is reduced and safety protocols have been instituted in accordance with University of Michigan requirements. Some activities and exhibit areas are closed at this time.

Questions? Email


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 Palmer Drive
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., seven days per week

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

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

Arriving at the Museum



In the Museum

  • Face coverings are required for all visitors aged two and older. 
  • Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout 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 will reopen August 30 on weekdays 8 am to 3 pm. It will reopen on weekends in October.




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.