KU Natural History Museum at Dyche Hall 38.9585° N -95.2437° W

Description

The KU Natural History Museum is located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence and is home to four floors of public exhibits including the historic Panorama of North American Animals, live snakes and insects, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, parasites and microbes, and the flora and fauna of the Great Plains. The museum provides content-rich, hands-on informal science learning for school groups in grades K-12 as well as many educational events and programs for KU students, the KU community, and the public. As part of the KU Biodiversity Institute, one of KU’s designated research institutes, the museum protects more than 10 million biological specimens and 1.2 million archaeological artifacts and regularly collaborates with researchers from 13 active research divisions. We inspire curiosity about the natural world through science education and outreach programs for all ages.


Lunch Notes

Although food cannot be consumed inside the museum, the outdoor Kansas Union Plaza right next door provides ample space for enjoying lunch. Lunch may also be purchased from a variety of dining options inside the Kansas Union.

Bathroom Notes

Bathrooms are located on the fifth and third floors.

Cancellation Policy

Please call Visitor Services at 785-864-4450 to schedule or to cancel a visit.

Info

1345 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045

+1 785-864-4450

biodiversity@ku.edu

Sun
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon
0: am - 0: am
Tues
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Subjects
Science, Biology, Ecosystems, Life Sciences, The Scientific Method, Botany, Earth's Systems, Animals, Chemistry, Geology, Statistics & Probability, Physics, Adaptation, Water Testing, Climate, Conservation
Activities
Digital Resource, Live Virtual Event, Movie, College Tour, Family Programs, Field Trip, Partnership, Professional Development, School Partnership
Grades
3, 4, 5, K, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, Postsecondary
Cost
Free Programs, Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools, Scholarships Available
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Digital Resource

Science Camps At Home

KU NHM education and outreach staff invite you to join us online for our free Science Camps at Home program! The KU Natural History Museum is temporarily closed because of the university’s response to the coronavirus, but we are committed to bringing you and your family quality science programs – virtually!

All Science Camp at Home events occur in your home – all you need is a computer and an internet connection. Instructional guides and videos are available on our website for three different science camps! You can also find the camp videos on our Facebook page. The three camps explore three themes: Forensic Fun: Wildlife Forensics, Science-PALOOZA, and Expedition: Forest Floor!

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, life sciences, the scientific method, botany

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
1000 stu., 1 chap. per 0 stu.
Activity

digital resource

Duration
30 min.

Museum From Home

Our Museum From Home webpage is your virtual doorway to the KU Natural History Museum! Explore exhibits, explorations and activities at the museum from your home. We have educational videos, hands-on activity PDFs, digital resources, and lots more. Explore for yourself at https://biodiversity.ku.edu/nhm-at-home.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, chemistry, geology, life sciences

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k, 1, 2
Capacity
1000 stu., 1 chap. per 0 stu.
Activity

digital resource

Duration
30 min.

Live Virtual Event

Movie