Past Exhibits

Historic Specimens of the UMZM

western meadowlark specimens

Fall 2012

This exhibit will focus on the early biologists and naturalists whose contributions helped lay the foundation for the museum as we know it today. Highlighted will be Morton John Elrod, P. M. Silloway, C. F. Hedges, and Dr. Philip Wright.

Museum Collections: An Ornithologocal Perspective

August 2006

This exhibit highlights the vast ornithological collections housed at the museum.  Examples of the various types of preservation methods used in the collections can be viewed, including: full-body mounts, skeletons, study skins, nests, eggs and more.  Some specimens from this part of the collection are in excess of 100 years old and were collected around the world, from Montana to China! 

yellow-headed blakcbirds in case

Selections from the UM Herbarium

Melisa next to an exhibit case

Herbarium Exhibit

February 2006 - July 2007

Constructed by Melisa Beveridge, former UM student and Herbarium employee, this exhibit showcased the diversity of specimens that are housed in the Herbarium collections. Also featured were original botanical illustrations by Melisa.

Forks, Branches, and Prongs Horns and Antlers: What's The Difference?

Horn and Antler Exhibit

February 2005 - July 2006

Discussed the structural differences between antlers, true horns, and the unique horns of the pronghorn.  The exhibit featured the collections and research of Dr. Bart O'Gara.  Funding for this case was made possible   through a generous donation from Wilma O'Gara

cae with antlers and horns

Bart's Birds: A Selection Of Birds From Around The World

bird exhibit in case

Bart's Birds Exhibit

May 2004 - January 2006

From African Hoopoes to Eurasian Capercaillies! This exhibit featured mounted heads that Dr. Bart O'Gara collected during his travels.  The collection represented spans nearly 80 years, from 1923 to 2003!