Give The KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum relies on your support to fund its programs, events, exhibits and graduate education. Support from donors helps us preserve and maintain our collections of 9 million specimens of animals, plants and fossils, and our 1.2 million archaeological artifacts. Donors help us offer programs for families and education workshops for about 3,000 school children each year. Every gift, no matter what size, makes a difference. Your gift of $60 or more for the Biodiversity Institute qualifies for membership in the Friends of the KU Natural History Museum. You can give now and become a member today. 

Grotesque project

Eight limestone grotesques, perched on Dyche Hall, have watched over KU for the past 114 years. In fall 2017, these iconic, mythical beasts were taken down and moved into the Museum to preserve them from further weathering.

We’ve launched a project to re-carve and replace them on the Dyche Hall pedestals, as well as protect and exhibit the originals. The project is being led by local artists Karl and Laura Ramberg and KU architecture faculty Keith and Amy Van de Riet, who are combining traditional stonecraft with modern 3D imaging.

Give now to this important project.

Glowing dinosaur

Over the past four years, KU paleontologists led by David Burnham have discovered T. rex fossils and brought them back to KU. You can be a part of this adventure by supporting the students and staff participating in the expedition.

This year, the team hopes to unearth more of a new young T. rex. discovered in 2016.  The team has already recovered both upper jaws, including one with a complete set of teeth. They’ve found cranial bones, part of the hip and sacrum, some back bones, and a portion of the foot. They also hope to explore the nearby site of bird and crocodile fossils, an area with metasequoia cones, plant seeds, snails, clams and much more.  

Please support this project with your tax-deductible contribution. Gifts of any size can help support the expedition and the preparation of these fossils for study and display at the KU Natural History Museum.

dinosaur skeleton

Museum Membership

As a Friend of the KU Natural History Museum, you can help us achieve our mission to study the life of the planet while receiving great benefits, including free admission to more than 300 other science centers and museums. Learn more...

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Support Science and Discovery

Biodiversity knowledge is essential for science and society: for sustaining natural resources, human health, economic stability and the quality of human life. By supporting Biodiversity Institute research, donors can help. Learn more...

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Corporate Sponsorship

The KU Natural History Museum brings the natural world into focus for over 60,000 people annually through its exhibits and programs. Financial support from corporations, foundations and small businesses helps make this broad impact and unmatched visitor experience possible. Learn more...

The Panorama

Support the Panorama

The Panorama, the iconic natural history exhibit at the center of the KU Natural History Museum, is in critical need of preservation. Learn more...