Give The KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum relies on your support to fund its programs, events, exhibits and graduate education. Support from donors helps us preserve and maintain our collections of 9 million specimens of animals, plants and fossils, and our 1.2 million archaeological artifacts. Donors help us offer programs for families and education workshops for about 3,000 school children each year. Every gift, no matter what size, makes a difference. Your gift of $60 or more for the Biodiversity Institute qualifies for membership in the Friends of the KU Natural History Museum. You can give now and become a member today. 

Grotesque project

Eight of the iconic hand-carved grotesques of mythical beasts that have adorned Dyche Hall for almost 115 years were taken down and placed in the KU Natural History Museum.

The fantastical limestone animals, each about 3 feet tall, have suffered serious erosion since their installation in 1903 when Dyche Hall was built. An effort is underway to raise the necessary funds to hire a sculptor to recreate these sculptures, and to hire a firm to put the new grotesques back onto Dyche Hall. 

Give now through KU Endowment to help us raise funds to hire an artist, who will carve replicas, as the originals are irreparable. 

Glowing dinosaur

Over the past four years, KU paleontologists led by David Burnham have discovered T. rex fossils and brought them back to KU. You can be a part of this adventure by supporting the students and staff participating in the expedition.

This year, the team hopes to unearth more of a new young T. rex. discovered in 2016.  The team has already recovered both upper jaws, including one with a complete set of teeth. They’ve found cranial bones, part of the hip and sacrum, some back bones, and a portion of the foot. They also hope to explore the nearby site of bird and crocodile fossils, an area with metasequoia cones, plant seeds, snails, clams and much more.  

Please support this project with your tax-deductible contribution. Gifts of any size can help support the expedition and the preparation of these fossils for study and display at the KU Natural History Museum.


Museum Membership

As a Friend of the KU Natural History Museum, you can help us achieve our mission to study the life of the planet while receiving great benefits, including free admission to more than 300 other science centers and museums.

Support Science and Discovery

Biodiversity knowledge is essential for science and society: for sustaining natural resources, human health, economic stability and the quality of human life. By supporting Biodiversity Institute research, donors can help.

Museum visitors

Corporate Sponsorship

The KU Natural History Museum brings the natural world into focus for over 60,000 people annually through its exhibits and programs. Financial support from corporations, foundations and small businesses helps make this broad impact and unmatched visitor experience possible.

The Panorama

Support the Panorama

The Panorama, the iconic natural history exhibit at the center of the KU Natural History Museum, is in critical need of preservation.