Museum Facts


The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History promotes understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it.  We create exhibits and programs that inspire diverse audiences to engage in exploration of scientific research and discovery. 


Our vision is to be the hub for science outreach at the University of Michigan and a dynamic community forum, facilitating active participation and promoting the public understanding of science. 


150,000+, including about 18,000 school children in groups


School children, families, University students and faculty, alumni, tourists, general visitors


Free admission. (Fees apply for groups and Planetarium shows.)  Open 357 days per year. Accessible facility.


Permanent exhibits on dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, Michigan wildlife, anthropology, geology, changing temporary exhibits, and a Planetarium.


  • Tours and other programs for school groups (400-600 groups/year)
  • Planetarium shows for scheduled groups and the public
  • Summer camp
  • School field trip programs
  • Science Cafés
  • Lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations
  • Teacher training workshops
  • Discovery Days
  • ID Day
  • Behind the Scenes Day
  • Family Reading and Science
  • Science for Tomorrow
  • Family Halloween party
  • Exhibit openings
  • Preschool programs
  • Dinosaur and space birthday parties
  • Dinosaur Tours
  • Hands-On Demonstrations


$900,000+, of which approximately half is earned or raised by the Museum


  • U-M's natural history collections were founded in 1837
  • Ruthven Museums Building completed in 1928
  • Exhibit Museum formally established in 1956
  • The Museum changed its name from the "Exhibit Museum of Natural History" to the "University of Michigan Museum of Natural History" in 2011.


Exhibits and education (not collecting or research)


A unit of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science & the Arts


19,000 square feet of exhibit space in a building shared with three research museums (Anthropological Archaeology, Zoology, Paleontology)


9 full-time staff, 5 part-time staff and temps, 50-60 paid student docents

Tax status

501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization