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Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum

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Address: Dyche Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Phone Number: +1 785-864-4450
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Traditional but Worthwhile

As Natural History Museums go, this is a pretty good one. The displays cover everything from prehistoric to modern and are well presented and informative. We wished we had our... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As Natural History Museums go, this is a pretty good one. The displays cover everything from prehistoric to modern and are well presented and informative. We wished we had our grandson with us. In some ways, this may be more enjoyable for younger children versus a zoo because all the animals are visible. The way they are displayed would make... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Lots of fun stuff here but my favorite is the beehive inside. There's a tube that goes outside and the bees go through it to go find their pollen.

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Stopped by to visit the Natural History Museum with granddaughters. Good visit. Parking can be a challenge. Lots of construction, long hike from parking garage to site. Parking was free however that day. Numerous exhibits and some hands on items.

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Thank 272Paul
Lawrence, Kansas
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The Natural History Museum is located on the campus of the University of Kansas. It is an older natural history museum with traditional exhibits and displays, including a floor of stuffed animals (many quite old and it shows), a floor of dinosaur bones(no larger dinosaurs, such as t-rexs), etc. It is a move-at your-own-pace museum and not particularly interactive. There... More 

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Osage City, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We have been here several times with our kids when they were young and as teenagers. The admission is by donation. I would highly recommend this museum for everyone to see. There is a lot to see!

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Macon, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

As its name implies, biodiversity is at the heart of this museum. There's a definite focus on the Western Hemisphere. There are also a lot of artifacts and a nice exhibit on evolution, looking at it through multiple case studies. Definitely worth a stop-in!

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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Well appointed exhibit. Some explanations not scientifically defendable, but seemed to be based on popular opinion instead. Free but expected to donate. We were not greeted in a friendly manner by the gentleman at the front entry desk.

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Coffeyville, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

My sister, brother-in-law and I visited this museum on July 6, 2016. The dioramas are great! The animals are beautifully arranged in organic groupings. There is a bee tree where bees can fly into and out of the building and you can watch them making honey. There are a great many dino bones and even some live snakes. All in... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I loved this museum! Beautiful exhibits and fun/educational things to see! Highly recommend for all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

This quickly engaged my teenagers attention. I think the dinosaur at the beginning set it up right. We loved looking at the animals and the fossils. The bees were a huge hit.

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