The Exhibit Museum of Natural History promotes understanding and inspires appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. It was formally established as a separate museum in 1956, although its mission to provide exhibits and educational programs in natural history and anthropology for the public and campus communities has been pursued since the late 19th century.
Originally serving as a window onto the University’s natural science research and collecting museums (Paleontology, Zoology, Anthropology, and the Herbarium), the Exhibit Museum’s scope has broadened to include astronomy, geology, and other current scientific research.
Last year, the Museum welcomed more than 85,000 visitors, including 21,000 school children and thousands of University students. The Museum’s educational programs include a course on Museum Methods, guided tours, lectures, workshops, Science Cafés, public events, and summer camp.
In November 2007, the Museum’s 50-year old Planetarium was updated with a new state-of-the-art Uniview® digital video projection system, which offers full-color, full-dome, 3-D special effects. Advanced technology enables viewers to “fly” through space, explore planets and journey to the very edge of the visible universe. View the current Planetarium schedule.
The Museum will offer a wide array of exhibits and programs during the theme semester, including exhibitions, the Eyes on the Universe lecture series, Science Cafés, family programs and the Solar System Walk on April 18.