Close up of marine reptile fossil jaw of a mosasaur on left, facing another mosasaur on right

Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

We are a biodiversity research institute and a public natural history museum. We study past and present life on Earth to educate, engage and inspire.

Natural History Museum

Museum Hours & Admission

Tues.-Sat., 9am-5pm
Sun., 12pm-4pm

Free admission, suggested donation of $7 for adults, $4 for children. All proceeds support the museum.

Location & Contact Information

Dyche Hall
1345 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: 785-864-4450


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School Programs

We offer a variety of School Programs for K-12 groups, educator resources, fun Discovery Guides to use in the museum and more.

Natural History Museum

The KU Natural History Museum is home to four floors of public exhibits including the historic Panorama, live snakes and insects, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, flora and fauna of the Great Plains and much more.
Boy looking at biodiversity exhibit with various specimens including a cheetah with its mouth open

Biodiversity Institute

The KU Biodiversity Institute is an internationally recognized center for research and graduate student education in evolutionary biology, systematics and biodiversity informatics, with curated collections of over 10 million plant, animal and fossil specimens and 2 million cultural artifacts.
Four researchers gathered around herpetology collection specimens

Upcoming Events

Monthly events will be paused over the holidays. Look for our events to return in early 2023, including Pop Up Science - Darwin Day in February, Celebrating Women in Science in March and more!

Education & Outreach

Program instructor Teresa MacDonald

School Programs

Univ 101 Tour of Natural History Museum

Student & Faculty Programs

Scout group with museum staff and 6 youth in front of the silvisaurus dinosaur exhibit

Scout Programs


Researcher Helps Build Center for Avian-Influenza Pandemic Preparedness with NSF Award

LAWRENCE — As humanity tries to find its footing after the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kansas is taking steps to help ready the United States and the rest of the world for future global health crises.

52-Million-Year-Old Fossils From High Arctic Show Near Primates Were Cool with Colder Climate

LAWRENCE — Two sister species of near-primate, called “primatomorphans,” dating back about 52 million years have been identified by researchers at the University of Kansas as the oldest to have dwelled north of the Arctic Circle.

Researchers Publish Most Thorough Study Yet of 'Smart', Spitting Archerfishes

Archerfishes are the anti-aircraft gunners of the aquatic world. The fishes are famed for their amazing ability to shoot down land-based insects midflight with highly accurate streams of water they project from their mouths.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks 51 KU Graduate Programs in Top 50 Among Public Schools

The University of Kansas has 11 graduate programs in the top 10 and 51 programs in the top 50 among public universities in the 2023 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, released today.