Student and Faculty Programs

The KU Natural History Museum offers University of Kansas instructors access to behind-the-scenes tours of museum collections, provides formal introductions to the museum's exhibits for KU students, and offers opportunities for students to get involved with the museum. While some things will be adjusted for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19, we remain committed to providing engaging experiences for KU students and faculty. 

Academic Tours


We continue our tradition of providing inspiring and informative experiences for KU student classes, including behind-the-scenes (BTS) tours of our research collections. During this time of special protocols due to COVID-19, there are new options. If you do not see an option that fits your needs, please contact Visitor Services Coordinator Anne Luben at

Once you've explored the options, please fill out an Academic Tour Request Form.
NOTE: Please submit a request two weeks prior to requested tour date. Please one form for each course section for which you are requesting engagement. 


Schedule a time for your class to come to the museum (or multiple times, depending on the number of students). The class will be able to explore four floors of museum galleries on their own. (Time: up to 90 minutes exploring exhibits).


Because access to behind-the-scenes (BTS) areas of the museum is currently limited, owing to coronavirus restrictions, we are offering alternatives to our traditional BTS tours.  All options involve a video introduction to collections at the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, followed by a virtual tour of research collections from one of our research divisions.  A question and answer session with division research staff may follow.  When possible, specimen displays will be available for viewing in the Panorama Gallery.  These tours can be entirely in-person at the museum, completely virtual, or a combination. (Time: 30-45 minutes).



The museum's student group, the Natural Science Community Organization, or NSCO, plans special events for students such as Science of the Macabre and Sexy Science, and provides opportunities for other special events and interactions with Biodiversity Institute scientists. For Spring 2021, meetings will be virtual. For more information, contact NSCO.


Explore our calendar to learn more about our Spring 2021 virtual events!