Past Events

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. 

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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. 

 

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

Drop In and Draw

 Bring your sketch pad to the museum for an evening of art featuring specimens from the the museum's collections. 

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Date/Time Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Mammals with Curator Bob Timm - October

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.

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Date/Time Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Macro/Micro: Collections Up Close

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.

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Date/Time Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Members Only Event: Exhibit Opening for "Macro/Micro"

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.

RSVP by emailing naturalhistory@ku.edu. Not yet a museum member? Become a member at the event, or give online through this KU Endowment portal.

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Date/Time Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

One Hundred Years of Ecological Change in Central Mexico

perspectives from the landscape paintings of Velasco to modern photography
Town Peterson, curator of ornithology and professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU, recently led a research team to 10 sites in and around the Valley of Mexico that served as vantage points for the Mexican painter and scientific illustrator, José María Velasco (1840-1912). The team created high-resolution photographs of the landscape today to match the views that Velasco painted more than a century ago. Together, this study offers a century-long perspective of ecological changes in central Mexico. The researchers are exploring how landscape alteration affects the rich regional biodiversity, as well as how the local people experience their landscapes.

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Date/Time Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Behind-the-scenes tour: mammals

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.

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Date/Time Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Piranha

A Myths and Mayhem Film

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.)

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Date/Time Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Science Saturday: Eight Eyes and Eight Legs

 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. 

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Date/Time Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm