June Press Release
Museum closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
Fun Friday Night
Friday, June 7 • 5-9 pm
Experience the Museum at night — we’ll be open until 9 pm! Free story time in our Planetarium at 6 & 7 pm, featuring What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Limited to 36; children must be accompanied by an adult. “Evolution of Whales” demonstration at 6 pm. Free dinosaur tour at 7 & 8 pm; limited to 15 people. Planetarium shows ($3) at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm (30 minutes long).
Talking About Race Sunday Dialogues for Museum Visitors
Sunday, June 9 • 2:00-3:30 PM
Museum visitors are invited to join in a facilitated discussion after visiting the Race: Are we so different? exhibit at the U-M Museum of Natural History from February 9 - May 27, 2013. The exhibit tells the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view, offering an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States. These free Sunday Dialogues are made possible with support from the United Way of Washtenaw County. Space is limited.
Hands-On Demos: Evolution of Whales
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Dive deeply into the history of whales. Explore what is known about the earliest whales! Look at how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic whales to modern whales. Discover how paleontologists study fossils to find the missing link to the earliest known whale ancestor. You will get the chance to make your own cast of an archaic Dorudon whale tooth!
These 20-30 minute interactive programs take place on the 2nd floor of the U-M Museum of Natural History. They include both brief presentations highlighting university research and engaging hands-on activities. They are suitable for adults and children, ages 5 and up.
Free Dinosaur Tours!
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
Attention dinosaur fans! Join us at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a free, 30-minute docent-led tour of the dinosaur exhibits. Sign up on the day of the tour. Limit: 15 people. Sponsored by UM Credit Union.
The Sky Tonight: Star Talk
Saturdays at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm; Sundays at 1:30 & 3:30 pm
Bright stars, constellations, planets, and telescopic objects in the current night sky will be discussed in this live “star talk.” Then leave Earth and “fly” out into space to examine the planets in the current sky.
Stars to Starfish
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm
Stars to Starfish compares the exploration of our universe with the exploration of Earth’s oceans. Underscoring the importance of our home’s last great resource, this beautiful excursion features stunning underwater photography and videography by Mike and Jan Davis.
Saturdays at 12:30 pm
Journey across the entire electro-magnetic spectrum and discover the many reasons for color: Why is the sky blue and Mars red? Take a tour within a plant leaf, inside the human eye, and to a black hole. See the actual color of a dinosaur, based on recent evidence.
All ages admitted. Planetarium prices are $5 for adults, seniors, & children.
About the Museum
The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday 12-5 pm. The Museum is located at 1109 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor; the main entrance is one block west of Washtenaw Avenue. Admission to the Museum is free for individuals and families; groups of 10 or more must call to make a reservation. For more information, call (734) 764-0478. Visit our website—www. lsa.umich.edu/ummnh