Events and programsAt the KU Natural History Museum, we offer dozens of science outreach programs annually in the museum and throughout the community.  From hands-on activities for families, such as Discovery Days, to talks for adults, such as Science on Tap, there is something for everyone. 

Upcoming Programs:


Museum Selfie Day
Wednesday, January 16
9:00am – 5:00pm
Join us at the KU Natural History Museum to celebrate the sixth annual International Museum Selfie Day! We’ll have selfie stations set up so you can take your picture with the polar bear, our namesake Lewis Lindsay Dyche, and other fun exhibits.

Kaw Valley Eagles Day
Saturday, January 19
8:30am – 4:00pm
Billy Mills Middle School
The KU Natural History Museum will have an outreach station at Kaw Valley Eagles Day this year. Come learn about bird beak adaptations and lots more at this annual festival celebrating the Bald Eagles that nest in eastern Kansas.

Art Cart: Still Life
Saturday, January 26
1:00 — 4:00pm
Spencer Museum of Art
At this Art Cart program, youth and families are invited to learn about still life drawing and painting techniques. The KU Natural History Museum will have a special table set up at the SMA with natural history collections for you to be inspired by REAL still-life animals.

Discovery Day: Kansas Day
Sunday, January 27
1:00 — 3:00pm
Celebrate Kansas Day a couple of days early! The KU Natural History Museum will once again be hosting a Discovery Day themed around everything Kansas – the state mammal, bird, reptile, and lots more. Come explore museum specimens and engage in fun hands-on activities for the whole family.

Auditory Repercussions: Why Can’t I Hear at Noisy Restaurants Anymore?
Wednesday, January 30
Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS
Mark Chertoff, full professor in the department of Hearing & Speech Education at the KU Med Center, will discuss new ideas about how exposure to loud sounds in your youth can cause damage to your hearing in adulthood. Join us as Dr. Chertoff presents his research on the consequences of poor aural self-care.