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“My kids love this place!”

Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
Ranked #6 of 51 things to do in Lawrence
Certificate of Excellence
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81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“My kids love this place!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Fascinating. There is a lot to see. My kids could spend hours looking at the diorama and talking about all the habitats on display and the animals in them. They also love the tar pit exhibit and all the bones. The bug exhibit is great and sees a lot of traffic so most of the interactive items were broken on our last visit. My kids like to go to the museum, eat at the Union next door and go to the art museum across the street from the parking garage.

Visited August 2012
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20 reviews
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“A nice surprise”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

In this building which is just cool to look at, is many amazing things that little ones can see, get scared of and then get interested in as well as the big ones to get lost in. Be sure to go to the top floors in the summer where you can see bees coming in and going out and doing their bee business. Donations are appreciated but they won't fuss if you just come in and enjoy what it has to offer on each floor.

Visited June 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Historic and interesting wild life specimens in a wonderful building”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

Located in the centre of Lawrence's University of kansas precinct, the imposing 1900's era museum building welcomes visitors all year round to see its natural history specimens.

This is an old world museum containing an enormous variety of animals and marine specimens that have been reserved in their glass cases to enable close and detailed viewing of the exhibits.

Specimens appear to have been accumulated over 150 years, with photos of 1893 taxidermy preparation aiding visitors to understand the process and artform.

Seeing the taxidermy animals up close was really interesting ..maybe a tad morbid for some, but I saw adults and children fascinated by the displays, so in natural environments.

Old fashioned museum, interesting and worth a look. Not much more in Lawrence other than the university sports graounds and some great eating places to see, so you'd need to want to visit the University to warrant going there.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Neil M
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Wall Township, New Jersey
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“A good lesson in history.”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I had not been in this museum in almost fifty years, but found it both educational and interesting. Our grandson was very interested in seeing the displays.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Charles S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“In the Hall named with a name of "The Dashing Kansan"”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

The Dashing Kansan is a book of "The Amazing Adventures of a Nineteenth-Century Naturalist and Explorer" written by Bill Sharp and Peggy Sullivan . His name was Lewis Lindsay Dyche . Now we can enjoy and learn a lot with visiting Dyche Hall and the museum. You will not regret !

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Uros B
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