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See U-M Museum of Natural History’s new exhibits before they open on Sunday

Visitors can walk into a giant cell to learn about the inner workings of human cells in the new Under the Microscope gallery.
Visitors can walk into a giant cell to learn about the inner workings of human cells in the new Under the Microscope gallery. (Credit: Leisa Thompson)

ANN ARBOR – Can’t wait to see what the U-M Museum of Natural History’s new exhibits and labs look like?

The museum is adding three new exhibits:

  • “Exploring Michigan” - a gallery that highlights the state’s natural history with hands-on activities
  • “Under the Microscope” - an interactive exploration of life’s building blocks, including an oversized walk-in model of a cell
  • “People and the Planet” - an in-depth look at the symbiotic relationship between humans and our natural world

It will also be adding two interactive labs: the Nature Lab and the MicroWorlds Lab.

Here’s a sneak peek at the museum’s newest additions, which debut to the public on Sunday.

The mammoth found on a farm near Chelsea in 2015 is featured in our People and the Planet gallery. This skeleton is one of the most complete mammoths ever found in the state, and according to U-M research, it offers the oldest evidence of humans living in the region.
The mammoth found on a farm near Chelsea in 2015 is featured in our People and the Planet gallery. This skeleton is one of the most complete mammoths ever found in the state, and according to U-M research, it offers the oldest evidence of humans living in the region. (Credit: Michelle Andonian)
Visitors come face-to-face with a real wolverine in the new Exploring Michigan gallery which showcases the state’s geologic formations and dynamic ecosystems.
Visitors come face-to-face with a real wolverine in the new Exploring Michigan gallery which showcases the state’s geologic formations and dynamic ecosystems. (LEISA THOMPSON)
The Micro Worlds lab is an interactive space where scientific tools can be used to explore topics such as the biodiversity of microscopic organisms, cells, genetics, and developmental biology.
The Micro Worlds lab is an interactive space where scientific tools can be used to explore topics such as the biodiversity of microscopic organisms, cells, genetics, and developmental biology. (Credit: Leisa Thompson)
Visitors of all ages can explore the natural world up close using the collections and tools that researchers use.
Visitors of all ages can explore the natural world up close using the collections and tools that researchers use. (LEISA THOMPSON)
Visitors enjoy the Under the Microscope Gallery.
Visitors enjoy the Under the Microscope Gallery. (LEISA THOMPSON)
The Urban Critters section of the new Exploring Michigan gallery showcases the animals and insects found in our backyards — at a height just right for preschoolers.
The Urban Critters section of the new Exploring Michigan gallery showcases the animals and insects found in our backyards — at a height just right for preschoolers. (LEISA THOMPSON)
Visitors can walk into a giant cell to learn about the inner workings of human cells in the new Under the Microscope gallery.
Visitors can walk into a giant cell to learn about the inner workings of human cells in the new Under the Microscope gallery. (LEISA THOMPSON)

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