Fall 2018 BugBlitz Youth Photography Contest

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 5 p.m.

Do you enjoy taking nature photographs, especially of insects? Are you new to nature photography? Either way, this contest is for you! Youth are encouraged to submit photos for the KU NHM’s Fall 2018 BugBlitz Photography Contest.

More information available here

museum grotesques

The Grotesques Renew Project

Combining the old arts of stonecraft and sketching with modern 3D imaging, the KU Natural History Museum is launching an effort to replace its iconic grotesques.  

The mythical beasts that adorned Dyche Hall were removed in fall 2017, crated and placed on view in museum. 

We are raising $150,000 to recreate the sculptures and place them back on their pedestals on Dyche Hall. To date, $20,000 has been raised for the project. To support creation of the new grotesques, please consider giving to the Grotesques Renew fund at KU Endowment.


Fifth Floor Closed

The fifth floor gallery that includes Explore Evolution is closed for fall 2018 while we make improvements to make the area more accessible. 

Upcoming events

Please search calendar.ku.edu for more info:

From Prometheus to the Naked Mole Rat
Tuesday, October 23 7:30 pm
Bier Station, 120 East Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO
Dr. Michele Pritchard will discuss her effort to leverage secrets from the naked mole rat to improve tissue repair after toxic liver injury and to delay aging in the human ovary.

Macabre at the Museum
Thursday, October 25 7-9pm
KU students are invited to experience a spooky night in the KU Natural History Museum to celebrate Halloween.

International Archaeology Day
Friday, October 26 10am – 1pm
As part of the Archaeological Institute of America's 7th Annual International Archaeology Day, KU's Wilcox Classical Museum and the Natural History Museum's Archaeology Division are opening their collections.

Fun things to do at the museum

Explore the museum

We offer more than a dozen scavanger hunts, museum checklists and even limericks to help you explore the museum. Download one before you arrive, or pick one up near the museum lobby. 

School workshops

Book a school program

The KU Natural History Museum offers a variety of science education programs for school groups. Explore our available programs taught by museum education professionials and book yours for fall and spring by calling 785.864.4173. Scholarships available.

Get your museum passport

Museum members provide critical support for our exhibits, education and programs. They also have access to free admission to more than 300 museums and science centers worldwide. Join today to start using your own museum passport.