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"Behind-the-Scenes" Days

Museum Discoveries: Behind the Scenes at the U-M Science Museums

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ruthven Museums Building, 1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor

From 9am - 5pm
All day, family activities throughout the Exhibit Museum will highlight what the U-M science museums do - from adventures in the field, to collecting, classifying, preserving, and pursuing research, to building new exhibits. We'll help you see how the research happens, and crafts, experiments and activities will allow you to become a museum scientist for the day.

From 12pm - 4pm:
4-in-1! A rare opportunity to visit behind the scenes at the four museums of the Ruthven Museums Building on the University of Michigan Central Campus. The Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Paleontology, and Museum of Zoology welcome you into collection areas, research laboratories, exhibit preparation areas, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Meet scientist-curators, collection managers, exhibit preparators, and student researchers, and find out more about their work.


University of Michigan Museum of Art

Fridays 1-3 PM, January 29 - March 19

UMMA will offer 30-60 minute behind-the-scenes tours and discussions of the museum's new instructional spaces and curatorial research library services by appointment to individual or small groups of faculty or instructional staff every Friday between 1-3 pm, starting Friday, January 29th and ending Friday, March 19th. Please email Renee Jinn, Assistant to the Director at reneejin@umma.umich.edu to make an appointment.