Past Events

Behind the Scenes: Botany

 Join us for a tour of our botany collection, home to more than 400,000 research specimens of leafy plants, seeds, lichens, grasses, trees and shrubs. Pre-registration required by Feb. 1; call 785-864-4450 register. $5-$7 contribution requested. 

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

Natural History Art: Gyotaku

A Watkins Museum event

 Want to make your own fish print? Your chance to try the artform of Gyotaku will be part of the Watkins Museum's opening for the exhibit "Riverkings of Kansas." Gyotaku is a Japanese printmaking method traditionally used by fishermen to record their catches. Watch a demonstration at this event at the Watkins Museum, 1047 Mass., and make your own. 

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Date/Time Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Drop in and Draw: Birds

 Bring your sketch pad and draw with us! We'll provide the feathers, and you provide the creativity. You can sketch your favorite animals from our exhibits or draw those specifically on display for this drop-in event. 

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Date/Time Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Science Saturday: Take Flight

 The museum has gone to the birds! See exotic specimens of our fine feathered friends from around the world. Learn about the forces of flight and launche your own flying creation.

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Date/Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Saturday: the body

Join us for a little body science featuring “Anatomy Alex,” a life-sized game modeled on the classic game “Operation,” and much more. This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.

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Date/Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Science Saturday: Insects

Explore the insect world, construct your own bug, see creepy crawly insects and even eat one if you're daring! This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.

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Date/Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The end is near -- or is it?

A Science on Tap Event

A powerful story stirs human emotions, and it provides both a motivation and a method for human action. This tried-and-true methodology is now being utilized to promote new myths (and the individuals who invent them) about the ancient Maya and human morality. For this Science on Tap, Associate Professor John Hoopes will look at the myths surrounding December 21, 2012, and the commodification of ancient cultures.

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Date/Time Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

What's the Matter? with Bekkah and Teresa (no suggestions, please)

A science workshop for adults

Curious about quarks? Intrigued by how what happens at very small scales is connected to our experience of the material world? Ever wondered just how small nano is, and what things are even smaller? Join us for this adults-only, hands-on science program that introduces matter — what it is, what it is made of, its properties, how it changes and how it combines to make everything else.

This workshop is limited to individuals ages 18 and up. Limited space available; register by 5 p.m. Nov. 5 by calling 785.864.4450.

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Date/Time Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Adventures of Lewis Lindsay Dyche and the Advent of Kansas Conservation

Perhaps no one has had as great an influence on the KU Natural History Museum as did Lewis Lindsay Dyche. Larger than life, he was a driving force in the establishment of the museum, a witness in the Peary-Cook race to the North Pole, creator of the popular wildlife panorama of the 1893 World's Fair, and a pioneer in laws for wildlife conservation. For one evening only in the Commons in Spooner Hall,  the museum and the Kansas Memorial Union will revisit the life of Lewis Lindsay Dyche through a lecture by historian Bill Sharp and interpret Dyche's influence through actor Chris Roady. 
A book signing and coffee reception will follow. The event will be preceded by an exhibition opening at the museum for museum members.

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Date/Time Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Exhibit opening: L. L. Dyche's "Magic Lantern" Revisited

On display from November 2012 until April 2013, the exhibition "L. L. Dyche's Magic Lantern Revisted," will open with a reception for museum members and future members on Nov. 4 prior to a public lecture and performance at the Commons. The museum requests that guests who would like to attend the exhibition opening RSVP by 5 p.m. Oct. 31; call 785.864.4450.

Lewis Lindsay Dyche thrilled audiences from small towns in Kansas to Chicago to New York, first with his skill in natural history displays and later with grand lectures about his adventures. Many of the glass slides that he displayed in his "magic lantern" talks, as well as many more detailing his taxidermic process, have not been seen by the public in more than 100 years and will be featured in this exhibition. 

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Date/Time Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm