Museums to host exhibits during winter break


As much of the campus prepares for winter break, the Museum of Natural History planetarium presentation “Season of Light” is one of several activities on campus this holiday season available to faculty, staff and the general public.

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For holiday season hours for specific university units and facilities, contact them directly or view information provided at their respective websites. For campus unit and website addresses and contact information, go to and click on “Quick Links” at the upper right side of the page. A pull down menu provides a directory and a list of schools and colleges.

“Season of Light” is about the coldest and darkest of seasons — a time that holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. The show also traces the history and development of many of the world’s enduring holiday customs.

The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Dec. 25, 26 and 31. All ages are admitted. Planetarium prices and showtimes.

New at the U-M Museum of Art, starting Dec. 21, is the exhibit “Three Michigan Architects: Part 1 — David Osler,” through March 30. Another new exhibit now open at UMMA is “Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.” It is presented through April 13.

 The UMMA is open regular hours during the holiday season from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Exceptions during the holiday season are: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

“Three Michigan Architects” celebrates Osler’s domestic, institutional, commercial and civic buildings. The exhibition presents eight domestic projects that span his five-decade-long career from 1958-2008, highlighting a minimal design aesthetic that features crisp, clean, impeccably composed geometric lines and forms.

Each project exemplifies Osler’s modern mid-century architectural vocabulary, as he designed houses that physically and visually embrace their natural settings.

“Fragments from the Past” features vessels, architectural fragments, furniture and other artifacts from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran that reveal the aesthetic attention paid by artisans to the objects of everyday life. It is part of the Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at U-M. 


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