Facilities

collection room with drawers out to show specimens
collection room with boxes

Main Collections Room

This area (2nd Floor, Health Sciences Building) contains the bulk of the museum collections and records.  The staff can generally be found in the collections room as well.

Cold Room

The cold room (located in the rear of the Main Collections) contains many of the museum's skins.

Preparation Lab and Dermestid Colony

As the name suggests, the bulk of the museum's processing of incoming specimens takes place here (2nd Floor, Health Sciences Building) .  This area contains specimen freezers, a fume hood, the Dermestid beetle box, and lab tables and equipment for preparation of skins and skeletons.

Mounted Birds Room

This room (2nd   Floor, Health Sciences Building) contains the majority of the museum's full-body mount birds.

Alcohol Specimens Room

This room was previously located on the 4th Floor of the Health Sciences Building, and contained the bulk of the museum's fish, amphibian, and reptile collections, including over 3,000 specimens preserved in fluids. This collection was relocated into storage in a basement in 2006 and much of the collection is currently inaccessible for research.  (Right: The Fish Collection as it was stored until 2006)

Skull Room

This room (located in the rear of the Main Collections) contains the bulk of the skulls, horn cores and horn sheaths from the museum's vast Sheep (Ovis canadensis, Ovis dalli, and Ovis aries) collections.