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Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

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Best museum in the state of Kansas

The KU Natural History museum is the best museum in the state of Kansas. Ask about behind the... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Richard G
Lawrence, Kansas
Relaxing Saturday visiting

The museum has lots of exhibits to look at. One of the floors was closed which was sad. It just... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
Topeka, Kansas
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Dyche Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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Reviewed December 31, 2018

We were in Lawrence for a day and I was excited to visit based on other reviews. I have to say I was disappointed. It was much smaller than I expected and the exhibits were very cluttered. It was four floors of exhibits, which makes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

The museum is in need of updates to the majority of the exhibits. For a small museum there was a fair amount of variety in the exhibits. I would not go out of my way to see this museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

The KU Natural History museum is the best museum in the state of Kansas. Ask about behind the scenes tours if you are science enthusiast because the vast majority of the collections are for research purposes and are not typically on exhibit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

The museum has lots of exhibits to look at. One of the floors was closed which was sad. It just seems a lot smaller than when I took the kids when they were little. There is interesting lots of great information to read and learn...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 27, 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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 1, 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 16, 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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Robert S
Reviewed April 1, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sabine F
Reviewed October 14, 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

Date of experience: October 2017
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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