Wednesday | 4 - 17

7:30 pm

We’ve long known that beer and conversation go together.

We hope you’ll join us for Science on Tap, a monthly science cafe organized by the KU Natural History Museum and hosted here at the Free State Brewery.

Here’s how it works:  A moderator introduces a science or technology topic.  After a short break for food or drink, the moderator encourages the crowd to ask questions about the subject and interact. Come early for dinner, eat and drink during the event, or join us just for the conversation. The program will begin at 7:30.

Keeping the Devils Out: Grotesques of the KU Natural History Museum

Moderator - Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, Museum Director


In 1903, twelve limestone grotesques were placed on pedestals along the roofline of Dyche Hall. They overlooked the KU campus until last year, when they were taken down to conserve them from further weathering and erosion. Why were they carved specifically for the Museum, the only building at KU to feature grotesques? What does this unique mythological menagerie of stone animals represent? The answers may lie in a singular fusion of art, science, architecture, and the sacred.