Art+Science: The Museum's Grotesques

1-4pm, June 14

Join us to learn about the museum's iconic grotesques. We will talk about how the grotesques will be studied, carved from new stone, and put back on their pedestals. Artists Karl Ramberg and Laura Ramberg, together with Professors Keith Van de Riet and Amy Van de Riet, will lead the activities. The eight grotesques will be located in the Panorama for viewing during the event.
The grotesques were removed from Dyche Hall in fall 2017. A fundraising effort is underway to support the recreation of these sculptures. Ramberg Stoneworks, in collaboration with the KU School of Architecture and Design,​ have been chosen to lead the project. For more information, visit biodiversity.ku.edu/give
1 pm: Children, families and adults are invited to sculpt their own grotesques from modeling clay.
2 pm: Try your hand at sketching the grotesques alongside artist and sculptor team Laura & Karl Ramberg.
3 pm: KU Architecture faculty, Keith and Amy Van de Riet, will deliver a talk on the 3D scanning techniques used to generate hi-resolution images of the grotesques.


Glaciers: Myths and Mysteries
A Science on Tap event 
with Leigh Sterns, associate professor, KU Geology
7:30pm, June 20
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS
Headlines about glaciers are often alarming: Antarctica is disintegrating into the ocean. An iceberg the size of Rhode Island broke off.  Only a few more years until Glacier National Park has no more glaciers. At this Science on Tap, Leigh Stearns will outline some of the recent changes that are taking place on glaciers worldwide, but particularly in Greenland and Antarctica. We’ll talk about how we measure glacier change, and why some changes are alarming and others are not.


The Coelacanth: "Old Four Legs" and the KU Fish Collections 
A Kansas City Science on Tap event
with Andy Bentley, collection manager of fishes
7:30pm, June 26
Bier Station taproom, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO

The coelacanth is one of the most enigmatic fish on earth.  Thought to be extinct until 1938, it is a pivotal species in the evolutionary process of the movement on to land.  Come and learn more about this fascinating species and the specimen in our collection of almost 700,000 fish specimens at the Biodiversity Institute.


Discovery Day: BugBlitz Insect Photography

10am - 12pm, June 27

South Park, Lawrence KS

Our summer BugBlitz Youth Photography competition is now open! Do you like taking nature photographs? Are you interested in the exciting world of insects? Then this event is for you! Celebrate summer and drop by the Gazebo at South Park in Lawrence on Wednesday, June 27th, from 10am-12:00pm for this family-friendly event.  Discover how to take insect photos with your smartphone or tablet right in your very own backyard or in the park. This event will offer photography tips & tricks for young citizen scientists.


Final Friday

5-9pm, June 29

Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

At this month's Final Friday in downtown Lawrence, be sure to stop by and see us in front of the Watkins Museum of History. Our friends from the Spencer Museum of Art will be there too!



Through A Glass Wildly: A Celebration of the Panorama with Elizabeth Schultz

6:30-8:30pm, July 11

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the museum's historic panorama, Professor Emerita of English Dr. Elizabeth Schultz will read from her book of poems Through A Glass Wildly inspired by the panorama. Join us for the reading and for the dessert reception to follow.


Exploring the Birdlife of Guyana
A Science on Tap event
with Mark Robbins, collection manager, ornithology
7:30pm, July 18
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS

What birds are found in some of the world’s most difficult places to access? KU ornithologist Mark Robbins will share what it was like to document birdlife on a remote tabletop mountain in Guyana that is one of the wettest places on the planet, and what discoveries he and colleagues from the Smithsonian made during the expedition.


Discovery Day: Panorama Celebration!

1-3pm, July 22

It's the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World's Fair, where the museum's famous panorama was first displayed!  Join us in celebrating the historic panorama by making your own miniature panorama, learning about the history of the 1893 World's Fair, and trying your hand at traditional games played at the fair.



Panorama Anniversay Party

2-3:30pm, August 17

It's the 125th anniversary of the 1893 World's Fair, where the museum's panorama was first displayed. Enjoy free Cracker Jacks (which also first debuted at the 1893 World's Fair) and explore the museum's historic panorama!