museum grotesques

The Grotesques Renew Project

Combining the old arts of stonecraft and sketching with modern 3D imaging, the KU Natural History Museum is launching an effort to replace its iconic grotesques.  

The mythical beasts that adorned Dyche Hall were removed in fall 2017, crated and placed on view in museum. 

We are raising $150,000 to recreate the sculptures and place them back on their pedestals on Dyche Hall. To date, $20,000 has been raised for the project. To support creation of the new grotesques, please consider giving to the Grotesques Renew fund at KU Endowment.


Fifth Floor Closed

The fifth floor gallery that includes Explore Evolution is closed for fall 2018 while we make improvements to make the area more accessible. 

Upcoming events

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Collections Up Close
Tuesday, November 13, 11:30am – 1:00pm
We bring a few of the 9 million specimens from our collections to share with the KU community in the Kansas Union. We will explore our fascinating ornithology (bird) collection with graduate student Fernando Machado-Stredel.

Science on Tap: Let’s Go to Titan
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30pm
Free State Brewing Co., Christopher Depcik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will highlight the possibilities of sustaining life on Titan.

Fun things to do at the museum

Explore the museum

We offer more than a dozen scavanger hunts, museum checklists and even limericks to help you explore the museum. Download one before you arrive, or pick one up near the museum lobby. 

School workshops

Book a school program

The KU Natural History Museum offers a variety of science education programs for school groups. Explore our available programs taught by museum education professionials and book yours for fall and spring by calling 785.864.4173. Scholarships available.

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