Discovery Guides Museum discovery guides provide ways for school groups, families, home school groups, university groups, adults and others to explore the museum together. For suggestions on how to use these guides with your group see the Discovery Guide Chaperone Guide.

Scavenger hunt

Guides are available in three forms:

Scavenger Hunts explore a variety of exhibits throughout the museum, which include questions to help support observation and recording skills. Answer keys are available at Visitor Services.

Museum Checklists are more open-ended, do not involve written responses, and are generally not tied to specific exhibits.

Science Scoops are a lighthearted series for exploring the museum using various artistic formats, such as poems. 

All guides are available for download (below) to print and copy in advance (recommended for large groups), and are also available at the museum's Explore kiosk near the front desk of the museum.

Checklists

Use the checklist to explore the museum as you move through the galleries.

Fish fossil

Science Scoops

Scavenger Hunts

Museum Mysteries

Explore the museum using this scavenger hunt, which takes students to all four floors of the museum. Closely examine exhibits to answer questions about glowing minerals, monkeys in the rainforest and insects in Bug Town. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own. Level: 1st-5th grade

wolf

Museum Quest

In this scavenger hunt, examine exhibits to answer questions about Triceratops, insect mouthparts and snakes. Guide available at Visitor Services, 4th floor, or download and print your own. Level: 6th-8th grade

Museum Challenge

In this challenging scavenger hunt, closely examine exhibits to answer questions about endangered animals, flying vertebrates, and venomous snakes. Level: High school and up

Cabinets of Curiosity

The odd, the strange and the unusual were prized objects for many early collectors. Use this guide to explore some of the “oddities” on display at the museum. Level: 5th grade and up

Museum Explorer

Touch a fossil, see minerals that glow, and investigate animal feet. This scavenger hunt can be used to investigate select exhibits or as a general guide to the galleries on each floor. Level: 2nd-5th grade

Museum Adventure

Compare and count creatures, walk like a dinosaur and more. This scavenger hunt can be used to investigate select exhibits or as a general guide to the galleries on each floor. Level: 1st grade

Owl

Museum Discovery

Explore shared characters, adaptations and other evolutionary ideas with this scavenger hunt. It can be used in a structured way to investigate select exhibits or as a general guide to the galleries on each floor. Level: 6th-8th grade

Your Natural History

The natural history of the human body reflects billions of years of evolutionary history. Come explore some of the characteristics that we share with other organisms as a result of our common ancestry. Level: High school and up

Sexy Science

Explore our exhibits in a new way to investigate the suggestive side of science. Available on request at front desk. Level: For adults 18 and up

Puttering around Potter Lake

Explore the life in and around Potter Lake, just a short walk west of the KU Natural History Museum. Level: 1st-5th grade

Looking around the Lake

Explore life in and around Potter Lake, just a short walk west of the KU Natural History Museum. Level: 6th-8th grade