GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The Museum of Natural History at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, opened new exhibits and programs to show off the latest in scientific research with interactive spaces and a state-of-the art Planetarium and Dome Theater. Xibitz partnered with Lord Cultural Resources, a Toronto-based design firm, and Taylor Studios to design and create one-of-a-kind displays and presentations for faculty, students, and the general public to enjoy and explore.
The 300,000 square foot building is home to the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The first phase of this project, launched in April 2019, centered on “Discovering Evolution,” “Measuring Time and Space,” and showcased the new Mastodon Hall. The final phase was focused on “Discovering Michigan,” learning what was “Under the Microscope,” and “People and the Planet.” The goal was to create an integrated learning facility with research labs, classrooms, and tie it all in with the museum galleries.
“Not only were we able to partner with a designer who had the excitement to create a space with us that will be explored by the community,” explained Xibitz Principle Jeremy Miller, “we also gained creative insights from faculty and students who played significant roles in the conceptual development.”
Come and experience these new exhibits and learn first-hand about the history of our world, explore Michigan’s geological formations, and step into a giant cell as you’re analyzed under the microscope.