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Groundbreaking Building at UMichigan Collocates Research Labs, Classrooms, and a Museum

Students and Visitors Can Observe Modern Research and Natural History Artifacts in New Biological Sciences Building

Published 1-18-2023

The University of Michigan has transformed the way science is conducted and communicated by integrating the Museum of Natural History into its uniquely designed $261 million Biological Sciences Building (BSB). The 312,000-sf building opened for classes in 2018, and the museum opened a year later, facilitating connections between university researchers and the community. More than 200,000 members of the public visited the museum within the first year, underscoring the university’s belief that science is a social, not merely transactional, interaction.