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Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

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Address: Dyche Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Phone Number: 785-864-4450
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Very interesting, well worth your time!

Have not been there since I was a child. Very interesting and enjoyable for an inquisitive good place to spend and afternoon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have not been there since I was a child. Very interesting and enjoyable for an inquisitive good place to spend and afternoon.

Thank buzzm d
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an hour to spare while my daughter was in class, so she suggested I take a look around. Nice way to spend some time, learning about animals, fossils, and even checking out the live snakes. Wouldn't go out of my way to stop here, but since I was on campus anyway -- definitely! Note: $5 donation in lieu of... More 

Thank DCL23
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

First, yes, this is the museum that contains the stuffed and mounted horse Comanche, the so-called "last survivor" or the so-called "Custer Massacre." The museum contains exhibits of skeletons, mounted and living insects, and art of natural history, but is strongest in its decades-old exhibits of extinct Ice Age mammals and maritime contemporaries of the dinosaurs. The state fossil of... More 

Thank Tweentrails
Lawrence, Kansas
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Love this museum! I was an art student at KU and was assigned to do a few drawings here, and my time was pleasantly spent hanging out with the polar bear and the juvenile bald eagle. I've come back many times since then just to look around. I enjoy bringing people who have never been here to see it for... More 

Thank Erin S
kansas city, ks
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The Dyche Museum is a must adventure for all ages. The building itself is an architectural jewel. The panorama from the Chicago Worlds Fair has been wonderfully maintained. One can spend hours on this floor alone. The educational value is especially enchanting to children, who, as mine always did, soak up the live and preserved specimens. Kansas and Kansans should... More 

Thank jok56
Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

On the University of Kansas campus, opened in 1903, this beautiful building of native sandstone with features sculpted by Italian artisans, is the most beautiful building on campus. But, the true treasure are inside. It was originally built to house the natural science specimens collected by noted naturalist L.L.Dyche, including the horse Comanche, the only "survivor" of the Custer's Last... More 

Thank Robert S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Was very surprised by the artifacts they have here,I really wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was! I love that parts of this museum is interactive as well,what a great learning experience for people of all ages!

Thank Pamcha
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My kids and I love the KU Natural History Museum. Exhibits are interesting and the newer technology and rotating activities they have for kids are great!

Thank PAllen2013
West Chester, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Totally blown away by this museum. Everyone will enjoy the animals in their natural habitat The herpetology section is totally amazing.

Thank padingo
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is a fun museum for children. Adults will also find it interesting. It is not too big, but large for the size of the town. They have some cool exhibits. Not a lot of interactive stuff though, but it is worth your time, especially for the price (free + donation if you want).

Thank IamJak

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