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 school group trip a success.
The Visitor Services information desk is located in the main lobby at the main entrance of the museum. Please check in at the desk upon your arrival. To enter at ground level, use the north doors closest to the Kansas Memorial Union. The elevator is to the left.
Buses and Parking
Buses can load and unload in front of the museum. Bus parking is at the football stadium, lot #94. No other vehicles are allowed on campus. Cars may park in the parking garage, one block north of the museum at 13th Street and Jayhawk Blvd., across from the KU Alumni Association and next to the Kansas Union. Parking in the garage is $1.75 for the first hour and $1.50 per hour thereafter. A campus map is available for download at KU Parking and Transit.
If you are interested in a scheduled education program for your school group, visit Schools for information about programs, booking, scholarships and a checklist with important policies.
Consumption of food and drink in the museum is prohibited. If sack lunches cannot be left on the bus during your visit, see Visitor Services when you arrive for information on a designated area where lunches may be stored (lunches should be consolidated into boxes or other storage containers).
If your group plants to eat lunch at the Kansas Memorial Union, next to the museum, contact 785.864.4651 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To arrange a picnic space in a Lawrence city park call 785.832.7923.
Chaperones and Safety
We want to ensure visitors have an enjoyable and safe visit. Choose competent chaperones. Be sure they know the behavior you expect of your students and your visit schedule. Adults must remain with the children at all times. Museum staff should not be expected to supervise or deal with discipline problems in the classroom or in the galleries. Noncompliance with museum rules or lack of respect to museum staff or visitors will result in your group being asked to leave the museum and may affect future visits.
Museum Guides: Scavenger Hunts, Checklists and more
Discovery Guides provide opportunities for groups to explore the museum together. Several options are available: Scavenger Hunts explore specific exhibits, Museum Checklists have a more open-ended format. For suggestions on how they can be used see the Discovery Guide Chaperone Guide. Answer keys are available at the Visitor Services desk.
For a more in-depth independent exploration of the galleries with your group, a series of exhibit related activities suitable for middle school and above can be found under Educator Resources.
The museum has a suggested contribution of $5 for adults and $3 for children. Contributions are separate from program fees. They can be given directly to Visitor Services at the main entrance and can be paid by cash, check or credit card. Checks for contributions should be made out to the KU Natural History Museum/KUEA.
Museum Gift Shop — Fossilogics
Establish a policy about visiting the museum gift shop. Decide if, when, and how long your group will visit the store. The gift shop area is small; we allow a maximum of 20 students in the gift shop at any one time. Chaperones must supervise students.
Grab bags are available for $2 each and can be made to fit your theme for the day. Call 785.864.4450 to order. Payment can be made by cash or check (made out to KU Natural History Museum) and should be given directly to gift shop staff.