University of Kansas Natural History Museum

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Dyche Hall, University of Kansas
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Museum of Natural History, Dyche Hall, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
University of Kansas Natural History Museum is located in Kansas
University of Kansas Natural History Museum
Location 14th St. and Oread Ave., University of Kansas campus, Lawrence, Kansas
Coordinates 38°57′31″N 95°14′38″W / 38.95861°N 95.24389°W / 38.95861; -95.24389Coordinates: 38°57′31″N 95°14′38″W / 38.95861°N 95.24389°W / 38.95861; -95.24389
Built 1901
Architect Root & Siemens; Bennett,Henry
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 74000829[1]
Added to NRHP July 14, 1974
A linear barcode that uniquely identifies a specimen in the museum's entomology collection.

The University of Kansas Natural History Museum is part of the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, which is itself part of the KU Biodiversity Institute.[2][3]

The museum's galleries are in Dyche Hall on the university's main campus in Lawrence, Kansas. The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Dyche Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since July 14, 1974; it was listed for its connection with Lewis Lindsay Dyche and for its distinctive Romanesque style of architecture.[4][5] Dyche Hall is also the site of one of only three Victory Eagle statues in Kansas, once used as markers on the Victory Highway.

The museum has developed some groundbreaking programs in the area of collection management and biodiversity informatics, which uses collections data for forecasting environmental phenomena. The museum has a 3D scanner and has used it to create 3D image scans of its invertebrate fossil collection. In 2006 and 2007, the museum's insect researchers and collection, along with its collection of bird skeletons and parts of its extensive mammal collection, were moved to a new facility on the university's West Campus. Among the collection's more unique and interesting specimens are several "jackalopes" (rabbits with Shope's papillomavirus disease), and Comanche (horse), a survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Threats
  3. ^ Archaeological collection management
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  5. ^ KANSAS - Douglas County, nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Accessed 2008-12-24.

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