Weekend Tours and Demos

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.

 

Weekend Demonstrations

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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.  

April & May 2014: Dynamite DNA!
Saturdays at 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. No demonstrations on April 19 or 20.

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.