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.