Hours and Directions
Winter Hours (Labor Day – Mid May)
Monday, Tuesday 10 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm
Thursday – Sunday 10 am to 4:30 pm
Summer hours (Mid May – Labor Day)
Daily 10 am – 8 pm
Trails: daily sunrise to sunset
Conservatory admission is free.
Nature Walking Trails
Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. Trails not maintained in winter.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail
Trail head begins near Campus Farm off Dixboro Rd. and connects to Parker Mill Park and the Washtenaw Border to Border Trail system. Open year-round; trail not maintained in winter. Click here to learn more about the trail..
Parking at Matthaei
Please park only in designated parking areas, which are identified by numbered spaces at the main entrance to the lobby/conservatory, in the west parking lot and in the parking lot near the campus farm/shared use trail. Parking cost is $1.60 per hour, with a $5 maximum per day. Parking pay kiosks accept credit cards and coins. Matthaei-Nichols members park for free. Follow instructions on kiosk to enter space number then member number. Click here for more parking information.
Free Transportation to Matthaei
We offer free transportation to Matthaei Botanical Gardens for University of Michigan classes and groups. Click here for more information.
Another free option for getting to and from Matthaei is the RITMO ride. In partnership with Ford Motor Company, the University of Michigan RITMO College of Engineering Research Project is piloting a free shuttle system (RITMO Transit) on North Campus. The route includes Matthaei Botanical Gardens as a stop.
To register or learn more about the free RITMO ride, click here.
Directions to Matthaei
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Directions to Nichols Arboretum
Nichols Arboretum is located adjacent to U-M’s Central Campus in Ann Arbor.
All trails within the Arboretum’s borders are closed to motorized vehicles. This includes Nichols Drive, which follows the river within the Arb after visitors have entered the Arboretum from U-M lot M-29.
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