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At the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, we study the life of the planet — its animals and plants, its history and its ecosystems — and share that information with the public through our exhibits and programs.



The KU Natural History Museum is the home of Comanche, the only Cavalry survivor of the  Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.


The Panorama at 100

Panorama photo

The Panorama was built for the 1893 World's Fair. The KU Natural History Museum was constructed to feature the Panorama, and the exhibit still wows visitors.

Lewis Lindsay Dyche

Lindsey Lewis Dyche photo

Lewis Lindsay Dyche, Dyche Hall's namesake, was a true Renaissance man.

King Cretaceous

Mosasaur photo

This 40-foot giant mosasaur was found in western Kansas in 1911.

Macro Photo Exhibit

Macro photo of a seahorse

In this new exhibit, large-scale photographs depict a tiny sample of the more than 9 million specimens in the Biodiversity Institute collections.


Ancient Plant Life

Ancient Plant Life photo

KU has the largest collection of Antarctic plant fossils in the world. Paleobotanistsat KU’s Biodiversity Institute are piecing together an ancient plant puzzle.

Predicting the Future

KU scientists layer information about climate, species distribution and other factors to predict the spread of pest species and disease.


Tracking the Sedge Wren

Tracking the Sedge Wren photo

Mark Robbins, ornithology collection manager, investigates how sedge wrens navigate through the plains on their nomadic routes.

Bringing Dark Data to Light

Bringint Dark Data to Light photo

A new grant is enabling Caroline Chaboo, KU  Entomologist, to put photos, data and maps relating to thousands of insects online and accessible.