Research & Collections

Scientific Collection

More than one million specimens provide opportunities for research and teaching.

Amphibians & Reptiles
Insects (affiliated collection)
Mollusks & Crustaceans

Read about collection acquisition, preservation, management, use, development, and access in our Collections Policy.

Mapping Change

Help us use over a century's worth of specimens to map the distribution of animals, plants, and fungi through our citizen science project supported by the Zooniverse. Visit to get started.

Citizen Science @ UMN

Explore more ways to connect with active University research projects—from astronomy and history to the environment—as a citizen scientist.

Art Collection

Over 1,500 works and artifacts including world-renowned dioramas, prints, paintings and sculptures.

Film Collection

The museum's film collection includes everything from historic footage to award-winning documentaries.

Graduate Opportunities

Continue your education within the museum world.