Discovery Guides Museum discovery guides provide ways for school groups, families, home school groups, university groups, adults and others to explore the museum together. For suggestions on how to use these guides with your group see the Discovery Guide Chaperone Guide.

Scavenger hunt

Guides are available in three forms:

Scavenger Hunts explore a variety of exhibits throughout the museum, and include questions to help support observation and recording skills. Answer keys are available at Visitor Services.

Museum Checklists are more open-ended, do not involve written responses, and are generally not tied to specific exhibits.

Science Scoops are a lighthearted series for exploring the museum using various artistic formats, such as poems. 

Guides are available for download (below) to print and copy in advance (recommended for large groups), and are available at the Explore kiosk near the museum front desk.


Use the checklist to explore the museum as you move through the galleries.

Fish fossil

Science Scoops

 Explore the museum using poems and images.

Scavenger Hunts

Museum Mysteries

Explore the museum using this scavenger hunt, which takes students to all four floors of the museum. Closely examine exhibits to answer questions about glowing minerals, monkeys in the rainforest and insects in Bugtown. Level: K-5th grade; Families


Museum Quest

In this scavenger hunt, examine exhibits to answer questions about Triceratops, insect mouthparts and snakes. Level: 6th-8th grade; Families

Museum Challenge

In this scavenger hunt, closely examine exhibits to answer questions about endangered animals, flying vertebrates, and venomous snakes. Level: High school and up; Familiies

Museum Explorer

Touch a fossil, see minerals that glow, and investigate animal feet. Level: 2nd-5th grade; Families

Museum Adventure

Compare and count creatures, walk like a dinosaur and more. Level: K-1st grade; Families

OwlMuseum Discovery

Explore shared characters, adaptations and other evolutionary ideas with this scavenger hunt. Level: 6th-8th grade; Families

Your Natural History

The natural history of the human body reflects billions of years of evolutionary history. Come explore some of the characteristics that we share with other organisms as a result of our common ancestry. Level: High school and up; Families

Sexy Science

Explore our exhibits in a new way to investigate the suggestive side of science. Available on request at front desk or email Level: For adults 18 and up

Sexier Science

Enjoyed Sexy Science? Explore natural history’s suggestive side further in this extended sequel. Available on request at front desk or email Level: For adults 18 and up

Mosasaur Munchies

Learn more about Tylosaurus, one of our state fossils and a marvellously magnificient mosasaur. Level: Families

Pterosaur Trail

Learn more about Pteranodon, one of our state fossils in this terrific top-notch trail. Level: Families

Puttering around Potter Lake

Explore the life in and around Potter Lake, just a short walk west of the KU Natural History Museum. Level: 1st-5th grade; Families

Looking around the Lake

Explore life in and around Potter Lake, just a short walk west of the KU Natural History Museum. Level: 6th-8th grade; Families

Cabinets of Curiosity

The odd, the strange and the unusual were prized objects for many early collectors. Use this guide to explore some of the “oddities” on display at the museum. Level: 5th grade and up; Families

KU Campus Science Scavenger Hunt

Explore science around the University of Kansas campus. Level: all ages