Quick Facts about the KU Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum houses 50,000 square feet of exhibits on four floors, including a panorama of North American wildlife, recognized as one of the largest and oldest dioramas in the world; the flora and fauna of the Great Plains; vertebrate and invertebrate fossils; and live snakes and bees.
Museum educators provide content-rich, hands-on informal science learning for schoolchildren in grades 1–12; these programs have reached more than 20,000 participants since 2003 and are booked to capacity each spring.
The museum is a part of the KU Biodiversity Institute , a university research center home to about 30 curators and scientists who train and mentor about 60 graduate students in the biological sciences, informatics, archaeology and other areas.
Dyche Hall, which houses the museum and many Biodiversity Institute researchers, was completed in 1903 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.