September 5, 2012

Museum to Launch Expanded Evening Hours with “Sexy Science”

The KU Natural History Museum is offering a free event for KU students who want to explore the suggestive side of natural history from 5-7:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 13.

“Sexy Science” includes food, games, and a museum scavenger hunt that is for adults only. The scavenger hunt introduces visitors to facts about plants as aphrodisiacs; the penis bone, or baculum, in some mammals; and hermaphrodism among ocean animals.

“We developed the new Sexy Science scavenger hunt as a way to help adult audiences explore the natural history museum,” said Teresa MacDonald, director of public education at the museum. “Investigating the natural history of sex across a diversity of organisms provides a great opportunity to get visitors curious about and interested in science as they explore some fascinating, and perhaps unexpected, examples of the sexy side of science.”

The event isn’t limited to animals and plants, however. The KU Peer Health Education Group, co-sponsor of the event, will offer information and activities based on the “Condom Olympics.” Alice Hoyle, a sex and relationships education advisory teacher based in London, England, created the series of activities to emphasize safe sex information and demonstrate the properties of condoms.

Sexy Science also marks the start of new evening hours on Thursdays. Beginning Sept. 13, hours of operation will be Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.