Bring your sketch pad to the museum for an evening of art featuring specimens from the the museum's collections.
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.
A new exhibition of images by photographer Brian Goodman will be on display through the museum's stairwell gallery and on the 5th and 6th floors. "Macro/Micro: Collections Up Close" includes 40 images of specimens from the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum collections. The large-scale photographs depict the textures, colors, and variation in a tiny sample of the more than 9 million specimens of insects, fossils, birds, mammals, fish and snakes in the collections. The exhibit opens during the Campus Art Walk and will remain on view through the winter. Be sure to stop in front of the museum for the Art Walk kick-off presentation by Professor Ted Johnson, who will discuss the thoughtful and playful sculptures on the façade of the Natural History Museum.
Exclusive Event: Museum members and their guests are invited to preview of "Macro/Micro: Collections Up Close." The collection of images by photographer Brian Goodman includes 40 images of specimens from the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum collections. The large-scale photographs depict the textures, colors, and variation in a tiny sample of the more than 9 million specimens of insects, fossils, birds, mammals, fish and snakes in the collections. The exhibit officially opens during the Campus Art Walk (Oct. 3) and will remain on view through the winter.
Get a close look at our mammal specimens from Kansas and all over the world at this special tour at our collection facility on KU's West Campus. This tour is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required by September 18; call 785.864.4450 to register.
Parking for this tour is available in the lot that is just to the north of and adjacent to the Public Safety Building, 1501 Crestline Drive. To access the lot, turn south from Bob Billings Parkway onto Westbrooke Street, and then take the curve to the left onto Westbrooke Circle. This will wind past a few smaller buildings before ending in a long parking lot. You may park in this lot, which is on the north side of the Public Safety Building. The building's entrance is on the east side, facing Crestline Drive (there is a tiny parking lot there, but it is mostly reserved for the KU Public Safety office). If at any point you need additional assistance locating the building, parking lot or building entrance, please contact us at 785-550-4906.
The KU Natural History Museum student advisory board kicks off the fall Myths and Mayhem film series with Piranha, the 1978 cult horror classic. After the film and free popcorn, talk with one of our researchers about the facts about this fish. (Note: This film is rated R and not for children under 17.)
Join our intrepid museum education staff at the Red Lyon Tavern for science experiments using bar ingredients.
Before you dismiss all spiders as creepy -- Halloween is coming, we know -- come to the KU Natural History Museum to learn a bit about the wonders and benefits of these eight-legged members of the animal kingdom. Professor Deb Smith, an expert on spiders, will be on hand to guide children and adults alike through activities and information about spiders big and small.
The KU Natural History Museum presents its second annual Sexy Science, an event dedicated to the suggestive side of natural history. Featuring games, activities, chocolate and coffee, this event is for KU students age 18 and older and is co-sponsored by the KU Peer Health Educator Group.