Past Events

Collection Conversations: Birds with Town Peterson

What does it mean to study birds now, and what do we learn from studying them in 2014 that's different from 1914? Join Distinguished Professor Town Peterson, curator of ornithology, for a close look at some of the birds of the KU ornithology collection, and discussion about the science of studying birds. 

Collection Conversations are short, informal talks by research scientists about the collections that form the basis of research at the biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum.

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Dioramarama: session II

For this event held in the Panorama, the museum will welcome children and families to explore the nature of museum dioramas by creating their own take-home dioramas using a wide variety of materials. The event, scheduled during spring break for the university and area schools, is free. Two sessions will be offered, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. There is no need for advance registration.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Dioramarama: session I

For this event held in the Panorama, the museum will welcome children and families to explore the nature of museum dioramas by creating their own take-home dioramas using a wide variety of materials. The event, scheduled during spring break for the university and area schools, is free. Two sessions will be offered, one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. There is no need for advance registration.

Event Details

Date/Time Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Science Saturday: Minerals, Meteorites and Crystals

At this Science Saturday, we'll explore the difference between the rare meteors that fall to Earth and geologic formations, including crystals and minerals. Join us for hands-on activities and examples. 

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

For keeps! preserving plants and animals in museum collections

At this special event, we’ll explore the different modes of preservation in natural history museums. Join us for hands-on activities that explore the preservation of taxidermy, wet, and herbarium collections.

Event Details

Date/Time Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

B-Movie Night: March

Science! Horror! Camp! Step back to the golden age of B science movies during our monthly film night, a part of our Thursday evening programming. 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Science on Tap: Big Tent Evolutionary Theory

The distinguished biologist Ernst Mayr suggested that we might better understand the complex evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin if we break it into five distinct theories, each with its own history and degree of acceptance. Join us for a conversation about these five theories and how dividing Darwin's insights this way can help isolate unscientific criticisms of evolutionary theory.

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Renewable Energy

The KU Natural History Museum invites the public to shrug off the dreary winter weather and start thinking about sun, wind and water — and the energy they provide. The museum will offer Science Saturday: Renewable Energy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the museum.

The event will feature several hands-on activities about renewable energy. There will be solar energy demonstrations that show how solar power works — and doesn’t — with different light sources, provided by Cromwell Solar. The Westar Energy Green Team will demonstrate wind energy and share how to make birdhouses from recycled utility poles. About 10 of the birdhouses will be given away during the event. Plus, School of Engineering faculty and students will share examples of alternative fuel sources for automobiles.

The free event is a part of the museum’s Science Saturday monthly series for children and families. It is made possible by a support from Cromwell Solar.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Class Filmstrip Night: February

As a part of our Thursday night programming, we're reaching back into our collection of old biology filmstrips to bring you the best from our science treasure trove. Stop in for the film, and check out new exhibits while you're here. Follow the museum’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for upcoming titles.

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

History, Geography, Perishability

Susanne Freidberg, Professor of Geography, Dartmouth

Sponsored by the Agricultural History Society, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Environmental Studies Program, the IGERT C-CHANGE Program, The Hall Center Nature & Culture Seminar, CHS Foundation, Society for the History of Technology, The Commons, the Department of Geography, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Susanne Freidberg, is a geographer whose work has focused on political ecology, social economy, and science and technology studies (STS). Much of her research has centered on the politics and cultural meanings of food provisioning, in and between different parts of the world. Her current research examines the expertise behind contemporary efforts to measure food's environmental "footprint."

Event Details

Date/Time Friday, February 7, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm