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

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 Lewis Lindsay Dyche’s assistants, Charles “Pug” Saunders. 

Events to mark the exhibit’s anniversary include:

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

Discovery Day: Panorama, 1-3pm July 22, inviting the public to join us in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the KU Natural History Museum’s historic Panorama exhibit.  This family-friendly event features games, hands-on activities, and museum specimens. Free event.

Panorama 125, 2pm August 17, welcoming KU students to campus and featuring Cracker Jack, the American snack that premiered at the 1893 World’s Fair where the museum’s historic Panorama exhibit was first displayed. Come explore the Panorama and enjoy a free Cracker Jack snack! Free event.

Magic Lantern Revisited, 6:30pm 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. 


Other events to note:

Surveying the Birdlife of Guyana
A Science on Tap event
with Mark Robbins, collection manager, ornithology
7:30pm, 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.


Cinema & Science + Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Thursday, July 19


Location: Cinetopia Overland Park 18 theatre AND Museum at Prairiefire

The KU Natural History Museum and the Museum at Prairiefire invite you to join us in Overland Park on Thursday, July 19, for Cinema & Science. The evening begins with a screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the Cinetopia Overland Park 18 theatre (directly across from MAP), followed by a dynamic discussion with University of Kansas vertebrate paleontologist Dr. David Burnham in the Great Hall of Museum at Prairiefire. Dr. Burnham will shed light on the REAL dinosaurs of the Jurassic world!


BugBlitz Youth Photography Competition Deadline -- Extended!

Our summer BugBlitz Youth Photography Competition deadline has been extended!  Show off your insect photography talents and see your work displayed in the Kansas Union.  Submissions are now due by 5pm on July 20 -- submit up to two (2) images to for either the Ages 12 and Under category or the Ages 13 to 18 category. More information at