Museum From Home

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VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES, LEARNING & EXPLORATION
Explore the KU Natural History Museum from home through a variety of fun and engaging games, educational activities, virtual events & more, or take a quick tour. We'll be adding new activities, explorations and virtual events, so check back often. 

 

SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP AT HOME
Explore our free online Science Summer Camps - available anytime online!

photograph of ingredients for Winogradsky column activity

WINOGRADSKY COLUMNS
Winogradsky columns are mini-microbial communities. Follow our instructions to grow your own! 

make your own nature journal

MAKE A NATURE JOURNAL
Nature or field journals help scientists study in the field. Create a journal and record your own observations!

DIGITAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ANCIENT LIFE
Explore this free guide about fossils and the history of life on Earth, or get the free Digital Atlas app on your phone.  

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SPIT LIKE AN ARCHERFISH
Archerfishes knock insects and other prey off of branches by spitting water at them. Use a squirt toy or squeeze bottle to test your skills. 

Body tricks activities

BODY TRICKS
Use your body, and few other objects such as a wall, to explore how your vision, senses and muscles work.

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STORY BOOK SCIENCE
Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 10am for a live reading or activity based on our favorites science-oriented story books . 

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POP UP SCIENCE
A monthly series for younger audiences with hands-on activities and science facts.

photo of a whale under water with text: whale world

WHALE WORLD
Dive into the fascinating world of whales with three fun activities to try at home!! 

explore exhibits online - biodiversity display image with many species

EXPLORE EXHIBITS
Try a biodiversity exhibit scavenger hunt, get moving with our mobile museum activities and more.

illustration of bambiraptor dinosaur with text: activities

EXPLORE ADAPTATIONS
Investigate adaptations in vertebrate hands by making and using models of Bambiraptor, chameleons, and aye-ayes.

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QUARKED
Play games, watch videos and more with this educational site created by physicists, museum educators, designers and others at KU.

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EXPLORE OUR YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Explore exhibits, try fun and educational activities, or follow an expedition for fossils, snakes, insects and more.

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EXPLORE GEOLOGY
Learn about geology by making your own mineral detection kit, test fizzy fossils or make rock candy crystals which you can eat! 

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FISHEYE VIEW - TREE OF LIFE
Use this online module to explore fish: what makes them fish, important features, their relationships, and evolutionary innovations.

graphic with text The Tree Room

THE TREE ROOM
Check out the Primer, Field Guide to Evolutionary Trees, and For Teachers sections to learn how we communicate about evolutionary relationships.

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JOIN OUR INATURALIST PROJECTS!
Help us document the natural world by joining our latest citizen science project using the free iNaturalist app! 

photo of a deepsea fish with text: explore

INVESTIGATE A DEEP-SEA MYSTERY
Unravel the mystery of deep-sea fishes by analyzing data to test alternative hypotheses about evolutionary relationships in this high school level activity.