Weekend Dinosaur Tours
Free docent-led tours of the dinosaur exhibits every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. for the first 15 people to sign up. Sign up at the host table in the Rotunda lobby. first come, first served (sorry, reservations are not possible). First come, first served (sorry, reservations are not possible). Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Sponsored by U-M Credit Union.
20-30 minute interactive programs on the 2nd floor of the Museum. They include both brief presentations highlighting university research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.
December 2013: Cooking Up A Comet
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. No demonstrations on November 30 or December 1, 28, and 29.
Have you ever cooked up a comet? Grab a front row seat as we mix up a comet right in the Museum and observe its changes up close! We will also explore some of the methods scientists use to identify the “ingredients” out in space. Participants will learn how elements are identified and try out a basic spectroscope. Join us for a hands-on investigation into deep space!
January 2014: Owls: Birds of Prey
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. No demonstartions on January 4 and 5.
Explore the unseen lives of owls in this hands-on demonstration. Together we will use museum specimens to find out about owl adaptations: big eyes, specialized ears, quiet wings, and sharp claws. What do these adaptations tell us about how owls eat? How are these modern raptors related to dinosaurs? Find out what an owl pellet is (Hint: it’s not poop!) and dissect a real owl pellet to learn about the owl’s diet. Come and discover the role of these birds of prey in the food chain!