Academic Tour Request Form

To request an academic tour (e.g., behind-the-scenes tour of a particular museum collection, such as the ichthyology or herpetology division), please fill out this form.

The KU Natural History Museum offers these behind-the-scenes tours to university instructors and their students throughout the academic year. Areas of the collections that are primarily available for tours led by collection managers or faculty scientists include reptiles and amphibians, fish, birds, paleonotology, mammalogy, and archaeology. Tours of insects, botany, and invertebrate paleontology may also be arranged at the Biodiversity Institute's west campus collections facilities.

Tours should be arranged at least three weeks in advance. Submission of this form does not guarantee an academic tour. You will receive a finalization email from Emily Emke-Hays confirming your tour date, time, and location.

Instructor & Course Information
Describe how the tour would support your course’s learning objective
Tour Information
Acknowledgement of Tour Rules and Expectations

As course instructor, I will notify my students of the following rules and expectations for completing a behind-the-scenes tour at Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum:

  1. Tours are led in restricted spaces, so tour participants must arrive on time, ready to stay with the group for the duration of the tour without breaks.
  2. With the exception of taking photos, cell phone use is not permitted during tours.
  3. Food and drink are not permitted on tours.
  4. Firearms are not permitted on tours owing to lab safety.