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Group Visits

Every year, the museum welcomes thousands of schoolchildren, youth groups, university groups and groups of adults to the museum programs, classes and tours. We ask that all groups planning a self-guide visit contact museum visitor services at 785-864-4450 three weeks in advance to schedule their visit. See Trip Tips for helpful information about planning your visit. For information about scheduling school education programs, see our Schools page or call 785-864-4173.


The museum does not charge admission, but it does have a recommended contribution. Contributions from museum patrons help fund public programs, including science events and exhibitions. Thank you for your support.

Suggested contributions

Adults $7

Child $4

Free admittance for KU students and staff, and museum members. 

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Museum discovery guides provide ways for school groups, families, home school groups, university groups, adults and others to explore the museum together.

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Museum Gift Shop

The museum gift shop has hundreds of toys, gifts, and souvenirs, including many options for under $5. If your group includes children, establish a policy about visiting the gift shop. We ask that students be accompanied at all times by a chaperone and that no more than 20 students be in the shop at any one time. 

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Trip Tips

This checklist will help you prepare for your visit to the KU Natural History Museum. Planning ahead is the key to making your group trip a success.