Microbes, mosasaurs, and more!
The University of Kansas Natural History Museum, part of the Biodiversity Institute, is home to four floors of public exhibits from microbes to mosasaurs. Explore the historic Panorama, live insects and snakes, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, parasites, and the flora and fauna of the Great Plains. The museum provides content-rich, hands-on informal science learning for K–12, scouts, college students, and communities. The museum also offers a wide range of public programs and events for all age groups. The museum is open to all and admission is contribution-based. Members and volunteers are integral to the museum and information on both can be found on our website.
The KU Biodiversity Institute studies the life of the planet for the benefit of the Earth and its inhabitants. The institute and the museum accomplish this mission through the acquisition, curation, and study of collections of plants, animals, fossil material, and cultural artifacts for undergraduate, graduate, and public education, as well as research and public and professional service.
The Biodiversity Institute’s worldwide collections of almost 10 million specimens and 1.2 million archaeological artifacts encompass the study of archaeology, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, mammals, plants, parasites, insects, fossil plants, and animals. More than 100 research scientists and graduate students study the species, ecosystems, evolution, and cultures of the planet. They use this information to model and forecast environmental phenomena that are critical to human well-being, including threatened and endangered species, the potential spread of diseases and pest species, and the effects of climate change on Earth’s biodiversity and habitats. Learn more at biodiversity.ku.edu