Past Exhibits

Historic Specimens of the UMZM

western meadowlark specimens

Fall 2012

This exhibit focused on the early biologists and naturalists whose contributions helped lay the foundation for the museum as we know it today. Specimens from Morton John Elrod, P. M. Silloway, C. F. Hedges, and Dr. Philip Wright were highlighted.

Museum Collections: An Ornithologocal Perspective

yellow-headed blakcbirds in case

August 2006

This exhibit highlighted the vast ornithological collections housed at the museum.  Examples of the various types of preservation methods used in the collections were on display, 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! 

Selections from the UM Herbarium

Melisa next to an exhibit case

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. It also featured original botanical illustrations by Melisa.

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

cae with antlers and horns

February 2005 - July 2006

This exhibit presented the structural differences between antlers, true horns, and the unique horns of the pronghorn.  It featured the collections and research of Dr. Bart O'Gara, and funding was made possible through a generous donation from Wilma O'Gara.

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

bird exhibit in case

May 2004 - January 2006

From African hoopoes to Eurasian capercaillies! This exhibit featured mounted heads that Dr. Bart O'Gara collected during his travels over nearly 80 years, from 1923 to 2003.