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Natural History Museum

At the KU Natural History Museum, our scientists and students study the incredible life of the planet—its plants, animals and ecosystems, living and fossil, and its past cultures. We turn our discoveries into forecasts for conserving endangered species and habitats, and for halting the spread of pests and animal-borne diseases. We train generations of scientists and share discoveries through our museum exhibits and science outreach programs. We also employ and provide career experience for KU students in a variety of majors. Join us for the 2021 One Day. One KU. fundraising day as we raise funds to support our Museum Excellence Fund and Student Positions Fund. 


Our Museum Excellence Fund supports items which help elevate the visitor experience at the museum and maintain unique experiences, such as the care and feeding of the insects in our popular BugTown exhibit and regular care of the plants in our unique living PaleoGarden exhibit. It also funds our advertising budget, ticketing and development technology, and supports several positions. Funds are normally received through visitor contributions, which ended in mid-March when we temporarily closed our doors due to COVID-19. 


The KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum employs approximately 30-40 KU students every semester on an hourly basis. The students, which are different from our graduate student researchers, come from majors across KU, and work in many departments at the museum. Two-thirds of the students work in our collections and laboratories, while others hone and share their skills in Communications, Outreach and Education, and Exhibits. These students gain experience and build their resumes, while our work and programs are enriched by their unique perspectives. Many of our projects would not be possible without these students and their talents.

KU Alumni Network Giving
Our alumni networks in Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Greater Kansas City, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Wichita are showing their Jayhawk pride today. Let your fellow local KU alumni know to make their gift today!
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Rank Answer Gifts
1 Greater Kansas City 428
2 Wichita 65
3 Denver 44
4 Washington D.C 39
5 New York 29
6 Chicago 27
7 Dallas 20
8 Houston 18
9 Los Angeles 17
10 St. Louis 16
11 San Francisco 15
12 Phoenix 14
13 Colorado Springs 6
Kay and Don Brada Challenge for Public Education and Science Outreach
Challenge unlocked! Thank you to Kay and Don Brada and our wonderful Naturals History Museum donors.
30 / 30 Gifts
Museum Excellence Match
Match met! Thank you to our Board of Advisors, Director Emeritus Krishtalka and our wonderful donors.
$2,200 MATCHED
Student Support Challenge
Challenge unlocked! Thank you to our Natural History Advisory Board and wonderful donors.
25 / 25 Gifts
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