Student and Faculty Programs

The KU Natural History Museum offers University instructors access to behind-the-scenes tours of museum collections, provides formal introductions to the museum's exhibits for KU students, develops events specifically for students, and offers opportunities to get involved with the museum through its student group, NSCO.

Academic Tours


Academic Tour Request Form

The KU Natural History Museum offers behind-the-scenes tours of these collections to university instructors and their students throughout the academic year. Areas of the collections that are primarily available for tours led by collections managers or faculty scientists include reptiles and amphibians, fish, birds, paleonotology and archaeology. Tours of insects, botany and invertebrate paleontology may also be arranged at the Biodiversity Institute's west campus collections facilities. University instructors can set up a tour by submitting an Academic Tour Request Form. Please note that tours should be arranged at least three weeks in advance.


The Public Education Department offers a program for university classes called Your Inner Fox, Fish and Fungus. Students discover their inner fox, fish, fungus and more with museum educators as they explore what humans have in common with other living things and how we are related using selected exhibits, objects and activities. University instructors should contact us to schedule this program; class size is limited to groups of 15 students.


Collections Up Close is a monthly series held in the Kansas Union during lunchtime that introduces KU students and staff to examples from the museum collections, including insects, fossil mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. For dates for these programs, please see our calendar


The museum's student group, the Natural Science Community Organization, or NSCO, meets on Tuesdays at 6 pm in the museum. The group plans special events for students at the museum such as Science of the Macabre and Sexy Science, and provides opportunities for behind the scenes collection tours and other interactions with Biodiversity Institute scientists. For more information, contact NSCO.