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Liberal Arts & Sciences Attractions + Centers

Visit the Peterson Planetarium, natural history museum, and more

Come enjoy our museums and the planetarium

Liberal Arts & Sciences is home to several attractions, including Peterson Planetarium, museums and natural areas. Discover our attractions by following the links below.

Planetarium

Peterson Planetarium

View the stars and explore the galaxy at our planetarium. Most shows are open to the public!

Peterson Planetarium
Photo of math learning aids

Science and Math Education Center

The Science and Math Education Center (SMEC) is a library available to students, faculty, pre-service, and in-service teachers

Science and Math Education Center
Photo of sunflowers

Center for Great Plains Studies

Academic programs, public service activities, and research projects are intended to inform, interest, and promote appreciation of the sprawling mid-continental grasslands.

Center for Great Plains Studies
ESU's Neva Marsh

ESU Natural Areas

ESU maintains several natural areas for students to discover and hands-on learning opportunities.

ESU Natural Areas
Physical Sciences

Geology Museum

Explore the history of Kansas geology in our museum.

Geology Museum
Emporia State University Wooster Lake bridge

Natural History Museum

A collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish from Kansas.

Natural History Museum
Emporia State' Mascot Corky in front of Plumb Hall

Herbarium

The herbarium is a collection of 43,000 plants that have been dried, mounted, and accompanied by careful documentation that can be used to verify identifications.

Herbarium website