Discovery Days

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

Discovery Days

Discover hands-on activities, special guests, demonstrations, craft activities, and other opportunities to learn about a special topic at twice-annual Discovery Days.

            • Space Discovery Day:  Saturday, December 7, 2013            
            • Discovery Day: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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: Sunday, February 9, 2014

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 a craft to take home!

            • Saturday, May 17, 2014

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 6, 2013