Permanent Exhibits

Ongoing exhibits are updated periodically. We are always working to add and change displays, so you'll often find something new to see!


The Hall of Evolution on the Museum's second floor houses Michigan's largest display of prehistoric life. Earth's history is traced through fossils, models and dioramas.  Here you can find dinosaurs, prehistoric whales, mastodons and much more.




The Michigan Wildlife Gallery on the third floor has a large collection of native Great Lakes birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, plants and fungi, with taxidermy mounts, habitat scenes, models and the largest mastodon trackway on display in the world. There are also displays about environmental issues facing us in this region today.  




The Anthropology Galleries on the fourth floor feature artifacts from human cultures around the world, and highlight the research of U-M archaeologists.





The Geology Displays on the fourth floor present a large selection of beautiful rocks and minerals.