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

Summer hours through July:
Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm
Closed on Mondays

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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New — Natural History Mystery Game!

Like puzzles and games? Book a time to experience the new Natural History Mystery Game at the museum for your group! The 1-hour adventure can be booked by calling Visitor Services at 785-864-4450 or emailing

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

Education & Outreach

Logo for Natural History Mystery Game with Dyche Hall tower, a lock, 4 icons: puzzle piece, lizard, tree of life, molecule

Natural History Mystery Game

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


Paleontology Journal Adapts to Open Format with Help from KU Libraries

“The nature of scientific publishing has changed so much that I realized in order for us to stay relevant and useful to scientists and also to folks interested in paleontology throughout the world, we had to make this transition to open access, and we had to do it as soon as possible.”

Fossil Find in California Shakes Up the Natural History of Cycad Plants

LAWRENCE — Cycads, a group of gymnosperms that can resemble miniature palm trees (like the popular sago palm houseplant), were long thought to be “living fossils,” a group that had evolved minimally since the time of the dinosaurs. Now, a well-preserved 80-million-year-old pollen cone discovered in…

KU Paleontology Ranked Number One Among Public Schools by US News & World Report

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas graduate program in paleontology ranks number one among public universities, tied with special education in the 2024 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. KU's local government management program ranked No. 1 among all universities. KU has 37 graduate…

Kansas Designates Silvisaurus Condrayi the Official State Land Fossil

LAWRENCE — The only dinosaur known to have lived in what is now Kansas, Silvisaurus condrayi, was designated the official state land fossil of Kansas, thanks in part to a Kansas rancher and a Goddard schoolteacher and his sixth-grade students. Teacher Joel Condray, his students from Challenger…