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 consist of over 3,500 specimens including: taxidermic mounts of mammals and birds, insect and bird nests, fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, rocks and minerals, skulls and pelts, vascular plants, mosses and liverworts, lichens, 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 collections or scroll down for itemized collection categories. Start exploring all collections 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.
The Museum’s collections are managed by our Curator Naturalist. Learn more about behind-the-scenes work of a Museum Curator by following weekly “Cabinet of Curiosities” blog posts here.