Discovery Days

Bring the whole family to these fun-filled and educational annual events!

Discovery Days

Come experience a day full of hands-on activities, special guests, live demonstrations, crafts and more at our twice annual Discovery Day events.

            • Discovery Day:  Saturday, December 6, 2014 (topic to be determined)           
            • Discovery Day: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Behind the Scenes Day

Once each year we open the doors to the collections so visitors can see how the University of Michigan’s world-class natural science collections are stored and studied.  Meet curators, collection managers, and University students in the Museums of Anthropology, Paleontology, and Zoology.  Recommended for children over 6 accompanied by an adult.

            • Behind the Scenes Day 2015: to be determined

Butterfly Festival

See live butterflies and learn about the life cycle and lifestyles of butterflies at this enjoyable spring event.  Help with planting in the Museum’s Butterfly and Pollinator Garden, and make your very own butterfly wings to take home!

            • Saturday, May 16, 2015

ID Day

This is your chance to bring in objects and artifacts for identification by experts.  Items such as fossils, bones, shells, rocks, insects, arrowheads, and more are welcome!  If you don’t have an object to bring, come anyway.  The experts bring items from their collections and look forward to talking with you!  (Sorry, no appraisals will be given.) 

            • ID Day: Sunday, October 5, 2014