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. Browse featured events here or see our full list of programs at our calendar of events.  

Events and programs



Stand Up For Science
A Benefit for the KU Natural History Museum
Friday, April 13
6:30 pm
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Science is key to addressing our complex challenges for advancing human well-being, including sustaining the planet, achieving breakthrough discoveries in energy, medicine and food production, and championing what is fact over what is fake.  At the KU Natural History Museum, we know the transformative power of science: our science research, education and outreach experiences inspire creativity and discovery among adults, families and schoolchildren from Kansas and beyond.

On Friday, April 13 we invite you to Stand Up for Science, a benefit for the KU Natural History Museum. At this event, we will transform Abe and Jake's Landing in downtown Lawrence into a virtual natural history museum with food and drink, entertainment, games and activities for adults, and auctions. Tickets available now.


Kansas Archaeology Day

On Sunday, April 15th from 1-3pm, join us at the museum in learning about the archaeological study of cultures and people of the past in Kansas. Try hands-on activities and view demonstrations at this celebration of Kansas Archaeology Day.

Discovery Day: Earth Day

Saturday, April 21

11:30am - 4pm

South Park

For this special Discovery Day, we're joining in the City of Lawrence Earth Day celebration!  We'll take our mobile museum to South Park to mark the occasion. The City of Lawrence will kick off festivities with a parade at 11am and a celebration in South Park from 11:30am - 4pm. See the mobile museum and enjoy one of our hands-on activities!


Art Cart: Gel Printing with Plants
Saturday, April 21
1-4 pm
Spencer Museum of Art

The Spencer Museum of Art exhibition "Big Botany" invites exploration of humankind's deep connection and fascination with the plant kingdom. Stop by the Spencer to create prints inspired by microscopic cross-sections of plants and experiment with this gel printing technique.  The KU NHM will bring the microscopes and the plant morphology slides, so be sure to join us at the Spencer.

Science on Tap: Artificial Photosynthesis
With Dr. James Blakemore, Assistant Professor with the KU Department of Chemistry

Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm
Free State Brewing Company

Over millions of years, plants developed what is likely the most efficient power supply in the world: photosynthesis. The process converts sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into energy. Scientists have been working to mimic photosynthesis, but resulting in an altered output (liquid fuel). With growing worldwide interest in sustainability, research in artificial photosynthesis is becoming more and more important. Join us for a discussion about artificial photosynthesis with Dr. James Blakemore, Assistant Professor in the KU Department of Chemistry. We will explore some of the ideas behind the technologies that allow conversion of sunlight directly into useful chemicals and fuels.