Natural History Museum to celebrate member support and new exhibits

The Kansas University Natural History Museum is highlighting new exhibits and showing an outdoor film as part of its first-ever members day Saturday.

New exhibits include artifacts of pre-Columbian archeology, expressions of red in nature and the real bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. An open house begins at 7 p.m. with hands-on activities for families.

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for ice cream and an outdoor movie at the end of the night. The museum will show the classic 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" on an inflatable screen on the lawn south of the museum at 8:30 p.m.

The free event is open to the public and is a thank you to members and friends of the museum for support that has led to recent renovations, said Leonard Krishtalka, director of the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, in a press release.

Renovations include a sixth-floor wing makeover, which houses exhibits that use art and science to display mammal skills, parasites of sharks and rays and skeletons of fishes and frogs. The sixth floor also has a new exhibit of pre-Columbian artifacts from Costa Rica.

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