Children at the KU Natural History Museum

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The KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum features exhibits including live animals including insects, the famous Panorama and displays of fossils and Kansas wildlife. It also includes 120 researchers, staff and graduate students, and collections of more than 9 million plants, animals and fossils, and 1.2 million archaeological artifacts. 

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Exhibits

At the KU Natural History Museum, four floors of exhibits help you explore the life of the planet. Toothy mosasaurs will open your imagination to the Cretaceous seas of 85 million years ago. Throughout the museum you will discover the animals and plants of North America. New exhibits on view include those focused on microbes, mammal skulls, T. rex, color across our collections, and archaeology.
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Vist the KU Natural History Museum

Group Visits

Every year, the museum welcomes thousands of schoolchildren and other groups to the museum for programs, classes and tours. Learn more about planning a successful group visit to the museum.
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Museum discovery guides provide ways for school groups, families, home school groups, university groups, adults and others to explore the museum together.
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Student Night at the KU Natural History Museum

KU Students

Students enjoy free admission to the museum, special events and can get involved through the museum’s Student Advisory Board. The museum is open late for Throwback Thursdays, which includes B-films, sketch nights and talks with scientists.
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Fossilogics

The museum gift shop has hundreds of gifts for creative children and curious adults, from books and DVDs to toys, science projects and outdoor activity kits. Visit Fossilogics at the museum, or go to the online store.
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