Past Events

Jurassic Park

A Myths and Mayhem Film

 Sure, you've seen Jurassic Park. But have you watched in a museum -- with a paleontologist? Join David Burnham and the KU Natural History Museum Student Advisory Board for Jurassic Park, and get a dose of science with the fun.

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Fantastic Flora of South Africa

More than 8,500 plant species are found in an area of South Africa that is less than .04 percent of the world’s land surface – so many that it is designated one of the world’s six floral kingdoms by itself. For the this Science on Tap, Botanist Mark Mort will lead a discussion about the amazing plant life of this region, how it evolved to be so diverse and threats to its survival.

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Chemical Connections

 Who's a mad scientist? Join us for experiments and other activities based on chemical reactions. This event is co-hosted by the KU Department of Chemistry. 

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Mammals with Curator Bob Timm - November

Mammals Curator Bob Timm will share information about one mammal species each month at a special drop-in event for children and families. Watch for information on the museum's Facebook page to learn what the featured mammal of the month will be.

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Spiders, Spirits and Skeletons

 Join us for some spirited activities for children and families, just in time for Halloween. The museum is proud to partner with the Spencer Museum of Art for this event. 

Event Details

Date/Time Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Kingdom of the Spiders

A Myths and Mayhem Film

 Join us for a little campy horror with Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), starring William Shatner. We'll provide popcorn and scientific commentary for this film about a town overrun with tarantulas. 

Event Details

Date/Time Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

The Kansas High Plains Aquifer: The Future of the Underground Reservoir

The high plains aquifer is one of the largest and most accessible aquifer systems in the world. In Kansas, it supplies roughly 70% of the water used in the state each day. However, decades of large-volume pumping has led to steady declining water levels across the western portions of the state. Brownie Wilson of the Kansas Geological Survey will review conditions and trends in the aquifer and latest water management efforts to conserve and extend the life of the aquifer.

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Fossil Fun

 Just in time for National Fossil Day we will explore what is a fossil and what isn't at this Science Saturday event. We will make casts of fossils and see examples of fossils from our collections. 

Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Author Mike Mullin: The Science of Supervolcanoes

Meet Mike Mullin, author of the books Ashfall and Ashen Winter, and find out some possible outcomes in the event of a supervolcano. Learn the difference between Plinian and super volcanoes, the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI), and learn about the volcanic hotspots to avoid (or explore!). Books will be available for purchase and signing. The museum is proud to partner with the Lawrence Public Library for this event. 

Event Details

Date/Time Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Party in the Panorama

A science soirée for grown-ups

The KU Natural History Museum welcomes you to dance, eat, drink and take in some science fun while raising funds for the museum's famous Panorama, first created in 1893 for the World's Fair. Truckstop Honeymoon will get you dancing, science demonstrations will pique your curiosity, and our natural history-inspired silent auction will make you see Lewis Lindsay Dyche in a whole new way. 

Tickets ARE available by calling the museum today, 785-864-4450. 


Event Details

Date/Time Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm