Explore Exhibits

Biodiversity exhibit case filled with a variety of species

Explore some of our exhibits online including a biodiversity display with more than 520 objects from across our research divisions, an exhibit with a variety of mammal skulls and our traveling mobile museum program.  The biodiversity, mammals and mobile museum exhibit explorations have activity PDFs and images to explore from home. 

KU Biodiversity scavenger hunt

EXPLORING BIODIVERSITY
Our Exploring Biodiversity exhibit displays over 520 specimens. Try our online scavenger hunt or learn about endangered species.

Deep blue ocean with bubbles coming up

DEEP-SCATTERING LAYER
Explore the daily migration pattern of ocean animals that move up and down to feed each day. View specimens on display and watch a video about the KU-led expedition.

fossil skull

DOCUMENTING  CLIMATE CHANGE
Explore fossil mammals from the White River Group, which documents dramatic climate change from 37-30 million years ago.

 

Explore mammal skulls

EXPLORE MAMMAL SKULLS
Our exhibit of mammal skulls features 48 specimens. Explore our guides and exhibit photos to learn about anatomy, diet and more.

Fox from Panorama exhibit

EXPLORE THE PANORAMA
Try to identify birds and mammals in the Panorama from their silhouettes, and learn about the anatomy and behavior of some of the animals on display.

Paleo garden

PALEO GARDEN
Explore the evolutionary history of plant life in our garden of fossil plants and their living relatives.

photo of person looking at jars filled with amphibian specimens

MOBILE MUSEUM
Explore a few of the collections and activities we bring to communities across Kansas. Get moving while learning about microbes and fossils.

Specimen from KU paleontology up close - Armilimax pauljamisoni, snail-like mollusc

KU PALEONTOLOGY UP CLOSE
Explore some of the Biodiversity Institute’s paleontology research stories. Scroll through time to learn about fossils that span many hundreds of millions of years.

Carboniferous landscape image

SWAMPS TO SHALLOW SEAS
Hundreds of millions of years ago, Kansas was covered by forested swamps, river channels and shallow seas. View fossil insects, sharks, amphibians, trilobites, and more.