Discover Dino Fossils at Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur Discoveries reveals the latest advances in dino science.

Calling all dinosaur lovers! The newest exhibit at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is tons of dino-mite fun for the entire family. 

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas is a traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibit will be in Ann Arbor through Sept. 15, 2024. 

Quick details about Dinosaur Discoveries

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Photo credit: Leisa Thompson, courtesy of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

  • Feb. 17-Sept. 15, 2024
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
  • Cost: Free 
  • Parking: The museum recommends parking in the Palmer Parking Structure. The parking rate is $2.20 per hour. This fee is credit card only and applies from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday. The Forest Avenue Parking Structure is also available. 

Dinosaur Discoveries explores the latest dinosaur science from the past two decades. Fossils, computer simulations and life-like models will allow guests to discover how dinos looked, moved, behaved and became extinct, based on the newest interpretations of ancient fossils.

Exhibit highlights include a full-size cast skeleton leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex; a model of an Apatosaurus skeleton neck; jurassic dioramas and more interactive features that display the innovative ways that scientists are reinterpreting old fossil evidence using the latest nanotechnology. 

Before you grab your little dino lovers and head to the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, read up on these tips for visiting the museum with kids and find more kid-approved attractions and restaurants to visit while you’re in Ann Arbor. 

Tips for visiting University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor

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Photo credit: Leisa Thompson, courtesy of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

  • To plan your visit, check out this museum map or download the museum app. The app includes self-guided tour ideas, more exhibit information and an events calendar.
  • Family restrooms are available on the lower level and second floor. 
  • Food and drinks are not permitted, so plan on eating before or after your visit. Water is permitted.
  • Changing tables are available in all multiple-toilet restrooms. 
  • Strollers are allowed. The entire museum is stroller accessible. 
  • Private spaces to nurse or feed are available by the lower level family restroom.
  • A quiet space is available on the Lower Level for guests who need a break from stimulation.
  • Wheelchair rentals are available. There are dedicated wheelchair spots in the planetarium, and all bathrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.  

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Photo credit: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum/Russell Video

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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