Events and programsAt the KU Natural History Museum, we offer dozens of science outreach programs annually in the museum and througout the community.  From hands-on activities for families such as Discovery Days to talks for adults such as Science on Tap, there is something for everyone. 




Events and programs celebrating 125 years of the KU Panorama, June 23-Dec. 31

To celebrate the anniversary of the Panorama, the museum is offering a new exhibit and a series of Panorama-themed events. The new exhibit includes artifacts and photographs from the University of Kansas Archives and items provided by the descendants of one of Dyche’s assistants, Charles “Pug” Saunders. 

Events to mark the exhibit’s anniversary include:

Through A Glass Wildly, July 11 at 6:30 pm, a celebration of the Panorama featuring the poetry of Elizabeth Schultz, KU professor emerita of English. Free but ticketed event; tickets available now.

Panorama 125 at 2 pm August 17, welcoming KU students to campus and featuring Cracker Jacks, the American snack that premiered at the fair. Free event.

Discovery Day: Panorama, 1-3 pm July 22, an event for families featuring museum mammals, games and activities. Free event.

Magic Lantern Revisited, 7 pm Thursday, September 20, a special event to be held in South Park in downtown Lawrence featuring images Dyche used in public lectures at the turn of the last century. Ticketed event; tickets available beginning July 15. 


The Coelacanth: "Old Four Legs" and the KU Collection of Fishes
A Kansas City Science on Tap event
with Andy Bentley, collections manager of fishes
7:30pm, June 26
Bier Station Taproom, 120 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64114

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

Discovery Day: BugBlitz Insect Photography
Wednesday, June 27th 
South Park gazebo in downtown Lawrence

Our summer BugBlitz Youth Photography competition is now open! Do you like taking nature photographs? Join us and discover how to take 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. 

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