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

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March 5, 2021
We remain temporarily closed to the public at this time, and are reviewing COVID-19 numbers in Douglas County and surrounding counties.  We fully expect to reopen in 2021 and look forward to having visitors again soon. Repair work is also happening at this time, due to some water damage incurred during the February deep freeze.  KU classes can request collection tours for a variety of class types (virtual, hybrid and in-person).

November 30, 2020
After evaluation and consideration of many factors, including the rising incidence of COVID-19 in Douglas County and surrounding regions, we have decided that the Museum will not reopen until an appropriate date in 2021. We look forward to having you visit at a future date in 2021 to enjoy the animals, plants, fossils, archaeological objects and numerous programs at Dyche Hall.
While our doors closed to the public in mid-March, due to COVID-19, our dedication to sharing natural history and STEM programming for all ages has continued through numerous activities and explorations on our Museum From Home webpage, as well as through virtual programming on social media. We have also installed new exhibits that you can explore virtually today––and visit upon our reopening. 
Our research also continues, including work related to COVID-19. In the Biodiversity Institute labs, including those in Dyche Hall, our scientists are conducting research under KU’s strict health and safety protocols. We also provided hybrid and virtual collection tours for small, scheduled KU classes during the fall semester. This continued our long-standing dedication to sharing biodiversity, paleobiological and archaeological science with KU students and faculty. 
We appreciate your support and patience and look forward to announcing our reopening at a future date in 2021. 

Edited May 11, 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 until further notice. This decision was made in coordination with the University of Kansas response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. All of our in-person events are also canceled at this time. This is an unprecedented situation and we appreciate your understanding. Please visit for the most current information.

Our public galleries are temporarily closed until further notice. You can still explore the Museum From Home online. 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.

Please be sure to explore our Museum From Home options including online, free Science Summer Camps. For questions about our school programs and 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 fun 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.