Exhibits & Tours

From war memorials to the original rules of basketball, KU's rich history is portrayed through historical sites and exhibits all over campus. We invite you to experience our history by visiting them online or in person.

Timeline Exhibit

Learn more about the Kansas Union and it's history from 1900-2020 with our digital timeline exhibit.
Union Ballroom

History of the Jayhawk

Find out a little bit about how our Kansas University Jayhawk mascot has evolved over the years into what it is today.
All Jayhawks from 1912 to current

Jayhawk Buildings of the Past

KU's campus has gone through many changes since first inaugurated in 1816. Many beautiful buildings that were once landmarks of our university's campus are now gone. This exhibit takes you back to campus in the 1900's and explores five of these architectural marvels that are now part of KU's history.
KU in the 1900's

Campus War Memorials

Memorial Drive is home to some of the most iconic and meaningful memorials of the region. Exploring Memorial Drive is a great opportunity to learn and understand the history of the university and our nation.
Memorial Drive map with memorials

Kansas Union Exhibits

The Kansas Union is home to over 1,000 Jayhawk collectibles and dozens of historical displays and exhibits on all six levels of the building.
Jayhawk Collection Inauguration

DeBruce Center Exhibits

The DeBruce Center is home to THE original rules of basketball, written by basketball's inventor, James Naimsith; as well as many other historical basketball exhibits.
DeBruce Center

More Exhibits

The following are other museums, exhibits and tours available to the public at the University of Kansas.
kenneth research library

Tours & Talks

Explore KU with historical walking tours, visits to collections, and presentations for your group. Contribute to the rich history and tell your story.