Four-stories of wonderful natural history exhibits! Kids love the dino skeleton in the lobby (hanging overhead), the rocks and mineral 'closet' where they glow, and bug town (lots of fun things to do).
There's also a wonderful diorama and a scavenger hunt that kids can do. On the top floor, kids can visit snakes and see some really cool animal (stuffed) exhibits to learn about them.
They offer some fun camps and day programs for kids too. And families will enjoy that it's located on the KU campus so there are other great things to see at the university too.
The Natural History Museum is located in Dyche Hall on the main campus of the University of Kansas. It features exhibits with a focus on biodiversity, from fossils to bugs and the animals, birds, and plants found in the plains/prairies of Kansas. You can participate in a scavenger hunt/self-guided tour; the guides/tours are suitable for different ages, so you can choose one depending on your child's age or interests. It's a great place to spend an afternoon, especially if your child is interested in nature. You can also walk around the campus of KU, which is rather beautiful.
The scavanger hunt is a must do with the kids! It was so much fun. This is a great place to come if your children are interested in animals: they have numerous displays of KS (and prairie area) birds, bugs, large and small animals. There is a small kids area too, but we spent more time on the exhibits.
In Kansas, it can be hard to find things to do in the coldest part of winter that are free or very cheap. This is a great thing to do-and if you're visiting KC, Lawrence is only a 20 minute drive from most parts of KC. Lawrence has lots of shopping and cafes, so you can easily make a day of it.
We like to go in summer and have a picnic lunch at one of the many parks afterwards.
The museum's exhibits are housed in Dyche Hall, on the main campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Dyche Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum's exhibits focus on the biological diversity, past and present, of Kansas and the Great Plains.
It also offer small kids area and changing exhibit and scavenger hunt for visitors