Trip Tips This checklist will help you prepare for your group's visit to the KU Natural History Museum

Entrance to the museum


Please visit our Plan Your Visit page for the most current information. Please check in at the Visitor Services 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.


The museum has a suggested contribution of $7 for adults and $4 for children. 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. Contributions are separate from school or other program fees.


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. Patrons must prepay for parking, much like you would with a parking meter, by using one of the kiosks located in the parking garage stairwell.  A campus map is available for download at KU Parking and Transit. Some school groups may qualify for bus funding. Learn more and apply here. 


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).Chaperones

If your group plans to eat lunch at the Kansas Memorial Union, next to the museum, contact 785.864.4651 or To arrange a picnic space in a Lawrence city park call 785.832.7923.


We want to ensure visitors have an enjoyable and safe visit. Choose competent chaperones. Be sure they know the behavior you expect from your group 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. 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.


Discovery Guides provide opportunities for groups to explore the museum together. Several options are available including Scavenger Hunts that explore specific exhibits, and 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 upper elementary/middle school and above can be found under Educator Resources.


Gift Shop


The Museum Gift Shop is currently temporarily closed (April 2021).
The Gift Shop offers a wide range of toys, souvenirs, and gifts, including many options for under $5. 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 youth in the gift shop at any one time. Chaperones must supervise.


Grab bags are available for $2 each and include a mix of toys, fossils, and small museum souvenirs. They are for sale in the gift shop but can also be made ahead of time for your entire group. Call 785.864.4450 to order if you need 10 or more grab bags. Payment can be made by cash or check (made out to KU Natural History Museum) and should be given directly to gift shop staff.