Exhibits Explore four floors of fascinating exhibits at the KU Natural History Museum from small microbes to massive mosasaurs. Learn about the science of parasites, step back into deep time with ancient fossils, and meet live insects, snakes and lizards. Don't miss the Panorama, an expansive natural history exhibit depicting different biomes of the planet with a centerpiece showcasing the flora and fauna of the Great Plains, which dates to the 1893 World’s Fair. You can also explore the museum and activities online through our Museum From Home webpage.
Vast numbers of marine animals migrate up and down the ocean to feed each day. Known as the deep-scattering layer, it is the greatest movement of biomass in the oceans. At this 6th floor exhibit, dive in to explore the traits of deep-sea animals, learn about bioluminescence, and discover why our own team of KU researchers collect and study these specimens.
While most of Kansas was covered by a shallow sea 110 million years ago, dense forests along the eastern coast were home to the dinosaur Silvisaurus. This exhibit highlights Silvisaurus condrayi, the most complete armoured dinosaur that has been found in Kansas and features touchable casts and fossils, and a life-size illustration.
The KU Natural History Museum is home to a live bee colony, housed in the model of a tree. Visitors can watch the bees come and go from the hive, from an exit and entry tube on the east side of Dyche Hall. During the winter, the bees will mainly stay inside the hive. Peer inside the exhibit – you just may find the queen.