As the science and culture museum at Michigan State University and Michigan's land-grant university museum, the MSU Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity through education, exhibitions, research, and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. The MSU Museum is a public steward for nearly a million objects and specimens in natural science, cultural, and historical collections from around the world. The collections provide the foundation for research, education, and outreach both locally and internationally. It is one of the earliest established museums in the nation and has continued to preserve collections and serve learners since its opening on the campus in 1857. It is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and was the first museum in the state to receive Smithsonian Affiliate status.
- In-person museum visits: We welcome the MSU community, PreK-12 schools, and the general public to experience three floors of science and culture exhibits and hands-on activities, including the area's only full-sized articulated dinosaur skeleton casts.
- Virtual tours and activities: Explore the MSU Museum from home, school, or anywhere with virtual museum tours, fun activities, and teaching/learning resources.
- Classroom teaching materials: Make your teaching more engaging with culture- and science-focused teaching resource boxes. Boxes may be borrowed by MSU instructors and K-12 classroom teachers and include lesson plans and other materials.
- Science On a Sphere exhibit and shows: Get immersed in spectacular animations of geophysical, environmental, and cultural information with the amazing Science On a Sphere. Free gallery experiences (when open) and online shows (paid and free) available for general and PreK-12 school audiences.
- Collection databases: Explore the richness of the MSU Museum collections through online databases. Find great resources for teaching, student exploration, and individual interests.
- Teaching consultation: MSU Museum educators are ready to help you integrate museum experiences and resources into your PreK-12 or university-level teaching. Contact the Education Team to schedule your consultation.
- Sensory toolkits: Sensory toolkits are available to borrow (supplied by the Mid-Michigan Autism Association), "Sensory Signage" provides information at each gallery entrance, and braille/tactile museum map available to borrow.