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Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

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We loved this museum! Stayed a little longer just to see it. Nice variety of fossils, modern... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2018
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Small but well organized museum

Visited museum since looking some things to do on KU campus, and free, but suggested donations. Was... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
William O
Johnstown, Colorado
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Dyche Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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All reviews suggested donation all ages great for kids live snakes entrance fee ku campus on display preserved animals amazing things several floors voluntary donation kids and adults behind the scenes hands on activities something for everyone first floor stuffed animals
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Reviewed 28 July 2018

We loved this museum! Stayed a little longer just to see it. Nice variety of fossils, modern biology exhibits and displays. Especially interesting was the live bee habitat they host on the 6th floor. The "donation" felt pretty coerced, even though it was a "voluntary...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Visited museum since looking some things to do on KU campus, and free, but suggested donations. Was well organized and interesting to see and worth an hour or so of your time.

Thank William O
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful setting in an old stone building, with arched corridors on some levels. Very clean and well maintained surroundings and exhibits. Lots of excellent interactive exhibits which invite you to “please touch”: magnifying glasses with tiny creatures underneath, fossil replicas, question and answer, etc etc....More

1  Thank MyHobbyIsTravel
Reviewed 17 April 2018

This museum is named after Prof. Lewis Lindsay Dyche, who was a noted naturalist and explore, in the late 1800s. His specimen collection is in the museum. In the universities charter they were charged with creating a "cabinet of natural history", and this is it....More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 April 2018

First impressions are so very important and this building is outstanding. The facade is lovely and upon entering you are greeted by a incredible skeleton, very impressive. Even though the taxidermy exhibits are aged, the overall effect is fabulous and extensive. I was impressed by...More

Thank Sabine F
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Great activities for kids. Adults will also find the exhibits interesting. Those living in the area can take advantage of their "Science on Tap" presentations at a local brewery. If visiting campus during business hours, drive up 13th St from Mass St , turn right...More

1  Thank AndyKansasCity
Reviewed 11 October 2017

My wife and I have been to other natural history museums. The ones in Washington, D.C. and New York City have massive collections but are a long way away. If it's not convenient to travel that far then you should consider this one. The diorama...More

Thank grouch0
Reviewed 29 September 2017

I love going to natural history museums at universities and this is a fine example. There is a suggested donation of $7 and several floors to examine. There is a real mix of items and some newer exhibits intermingled with those that are more traditional....More

Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 20 September 2017

A group of 14 arranged a behind the scenes tour of the collections and research involved in this interesting field. We had the head of the department give us first hand experience of researching, finding, and handling fossils from the dig to the lab. We...More

Thank skipsaundra
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The Biodiversity Institute which is located with the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas is a great place to learn about our earth and many of the creatures and plants that inhabit it or did inhabit it in the past.

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Lupe D
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Response from Fluff1621 | Reviewed this property |
it's donation only, no set entry fee
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Response from DCL23 | Reviewed this property |
Totally take them there! While they may not stand and read each exhibit, at least they will see cool animals and bones and real live snakes! Maybe you won't stay as long but the museum is pretty kid-friendly. When I was... More