Information Regarding COVID-19 & the KU Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

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Please visit for the latest information about how the University of Kansas is monitoring the spread of COVID-19.

March 18, 2020

For the safety our visitors, staff, researchers, students, and volunteers, the KU Natural History Museum temporarily closed on March 12 and will continue to be closed through May 15. This decision was made in coordination with the University of Kansas response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. All of our events are also canceled through May 15. This is an unprecedented situation and we appreciate your understanding. Please visit for the most current information.

Our public galleries are closed through May 15. Existing memberships will be extended to account for the closure, once the museum is reopened. We remain committed to studying, sharing and celebrating the life of the planet, so please visit us on our social media channels including FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We will be sharing museum news, educational information, research and fun distractions. We also have a variety of free educational resources, including lesson plans and activities available online.

We are still currently taking registrations for our Summer Science Day Camps.  We are notifying our partners about all other events and programs that have been canceled through May 15.  We have a variety of free online educational resources, including lesson plans available. For questions about our school programs and Summer Science Day Camps, please contact Colleen MacGilvray at or call 785.864.2372. For questions about outreach events and scout programs, please contact Eleanor Gardner at or call 785.864.2380.

We’ll be sharing a variety of content, educational resources and distractions on social media, so please visit us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

At this time, we are limiting access to our facilities, including the Biodiversity Institute collections, until further notice. The collections are closed to scholarly visits, outgoing scientific or educational loans and incoming return of loaned specimens––please do not ship any return of loans at this time. Users may still access our division collections online.  Our collections will resume normal operations when is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding.

Our offices are closed to the public and our staff is working remotely. Please email us at, which is monitored Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.