Mission Statement

The University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center studies the life of the planet for the benefit of the earth and its inhabitants. The museum seeks to discover, document, and disseminate knowledge of the earth’s biological diversity and natural environments, past and present.
Within this mission, the museum’s goals are:

Education — to impart this knowledge by educating undergraduate and graduate students through use of systematic collections, scholarly research, and other resources. The museum interprets this knowledge for diverse audiences through exhibits, education outreach, electronic and print media, and public service.

Research — to discover this knowledge through biotic surveys and inventories, ecological investigations, informatics, and specimen-based research into the history and nature of biological diversity.

Documentation — to preserve this knowledge by managing and conserving systematic research collections and their associated information. The museum’s central responsibility is its extensive collections of biological specimens, which are maintained as a public trust and constitute a permanent record of past and present biological diversity for current and future generations.

Service — to disseminate this knowledge worldwide and foster research, education, informatics, and informed stewardship about biological diversity and natural environments. The museum provides this knowledge to society and to the scientific and museum communities by making available its expertise, research, collections, and data to local, national, and international audiences.

Approved by Robert Zerwekh, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Public Service, The University of Kansas
Nov. 16, 1995