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KU Natural History Museum

The University of Kansas (KU) Natural History Museum protects more than 10 million specimens and artifacts and, as part of the KU Biodiversity Institute, explores the biodiversity that surrounds us—both in Kansas and around the world. We inspire curiosity about the natural world through science education and outreach programs for all ages.

Address: 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045. The museum is located in the heart of the beautiful KU campus. On weekends, free parking is available directly across from the museum; however, if those lots are full, visitors may park in the Mississippi St. Parking Garage one block north of the museum for $1.75 per hour. 

We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 12pm - 4pm. While there is no cost, donations are appreciated and help support the museum. Please note that masks are no longer required and are optional.

How to register: Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Follow this link and complete the form as well as contacting Eleanor Gardner at or 785-864-2380.

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GS Badge Videos

 Brownie   Junior  Cadette
Check out our very own Girl Scout videos and activities to help you work on your badges!
Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Bugs, Junior Badge: Animal Habitats, Cadette Badge: Night Owl

Badge and Journey Programs

  All Levels

The KU Natural History Museum offers fun, hands-on activities to develop skills and knowledge in a variety of science fields. We currently offer educational progams that meet requirements for a variety of badges and journeys.

Additional Information: A minimum of three Girl Scouts are required to reserve a program, and a maximum of 15 are allowed in one program. A minimum of two adult leaders is required.  Girl Scouts programs are typically scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-4pm.

Cost per Girl: $5
Cost per Adult: N/A

Badge Connections:  Daisy: Outdoor Art Maker, Daisy: Eco Learner , Brownie: Bugs, Brownie: Outdoor Art Creator, Brownie: Eco Friend, Junior: Animal Habitats, Junior: Flowers, Junior: Geocacher, Junior: Outdoor Art Explorer, Cadette: Night Owl, Cadette: Trees, Cadette: Art Apprentice, Senior: Voice for Animals, Senior: Eco Explorer, Senior: Outdoor Art Expert, Ambassador: Eco Advocate, Ambassador: Outdoor Art Master

Journey Connections:  Daisy: Between Earth and Sky, Brownie: WOW! Wonders of Water, Junior: GET MOVING!, Cadette: Breathe, Senior: Sow What?, Ambassador: Justice, Daisy: Think Like a Citizen Scientist, Brownie: Think Like a Citizen Scientist, Junior: Think Like a Citizen Scientist

Outcomes:  Develops a strong sense of self. Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.