After closing in December 2017, the long-awaited re-opening of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History takes place Sunday, April 14, in a brand-new building. The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting at 9am and extended hours until 8pm. Visitors will be greeted by the museum’s iconic mastodons, view prehistoric whale skeletons, and walk through 4 billion years of the history of life on Earth. Favorite displays and specimens mix with new exhibits in a state-of-the-art learning facility that combines billions of years of natural history with cutting-edge scientific research. Some of the museum’s newest features include a 25-foot Quetzalcoatlus pterosaur, flying high in the Biological Sciences Building atrium; a high-tech planetarium and dome theater; an interactive, multimedia “Tree of Life” display to illustrate the connections among living things; and the Fossil Prep Lab, where visitors can see how fossils are prepared for study and display. The new building also features Darwin’s Cafe, a convenient place to grab a meal or a quick snack.
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
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