The Museum’s collections are representative of the natural history and biological diversity of the upper Midwest, in particular the western and upper Great Lakes region. In-house collections include taxidermic mounts of birds and mammals; preserved, dried and taxidermied fish, reptiles and amphibians; animal skulls and skins; mounted and preserved insects; a herbarium featuring vascular plants, seeds, mosses, liverworts and lichens; rocks and minerals; plaster casts of animal tracks; bird nests; and more.
With thousands of plant, animal, and geologic specimens, most of the collection cannot be displayed at one time. Fortunately, our virtual database lets you see them all, even from home!
Search through our categorized catalogs or tour past exhibits. Start exploring here.
Our current collection consists of items acquired from family collections, personal contributions, and found items. If you would like to make a donation to our collections please contact the Museum before transporting any specimens in order to comply with current wildlife laws.