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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. Due to reduced capacity at this time,  ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Walk-up visitors without an appointment will be scheduled for the next open appointment, or may be asked to visit another day if reservations are full. Our hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Groups of up to 14 may visit for up to 90 minutes.  Visitors will be asked to follow KU’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Girl Scout programming is on hold until February 2022.

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.

Check out additional events and opportunities with KU Natural History Museum!


The You Schedule It below noted with an asterisk (*) can be offered virtually.

Museum from Home

 All Levels 
This resource is regularly updated with new activities/online experiences.

Pop-Up Science

 All Levels 
One Saturday a month, you will get a video and activities live on their Facebook page with different themes like reptiles, weather, radioactivity, chromotography, DNA, sound science, and more!
Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Detective, Brownie Badge: Senses, Brownie Badge: Shapes in Nature

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