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November 2013 (PDF)

May Press Release

Museum closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 26

Enjoy a Summer Full of Science Fun!
Registration is open for the Museum’s summer camp program! Camp Explorations is celebrating its 17th year of summer science fun for ages 6-12. All Camp Explorations programs include daily experiments, hands-on activities, related games, journaling and plenty of fun!  We offer 8 sessions and each session is a new experience. Session topics include Archaeology, Paleontology, Astronomy, Forensic Science and much more!  Mix and match any of our AM and PM sessions with other University of Michigan programs from our friends at KidSport and Outdoor Adventures. We also offer aftercare for a nominal fee. A complete listing of camp sessions, along with more details, is available online at (click on the camp quicklink). Email or call734.647.6421 for more information. Register early — several camp sessions filled up last year!


Butterfly Festival
Saturday, May 17, 10 am-2 pm
Explore the beautiful and fascinating world of butterflies at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History! Watch live Monarchs and take a close look at how they travel through each stage of their life cycle.  Metamorphose into a butterfly with your own wings! Get your hands dirty by planting new perennials in our butterfly garden (weather permitting).  


Hands-On Demos: Dynamite DNA!
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, tells our cells how to build the proteins and tissues that make our bodies. Learn how museum scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. During the activity, you will start with a whole banana and go through a process of chemical extraction to obtain fairly pure banana DNA. These 20-30 minute interactive programs take place 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.


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.

The Little Star That Could
Saturdays at 12:30 pm

Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. He meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our Solar System.

Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 pm

With recorded narration by Patrick Stewart, MarsQuest chronicles humanity’s fascination with the planet Mars, from early observations of its “canals” to stories like War of the Worlds.  Spacecraft mission findings are used to compare Mars’ weather, climate, and geology to Earth’s. We learn what will be needed to get crewed missions there, and what the first landing may be like.
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.