MPM's Zoology collections are the largest in the Museum's care.

The Invertebrate Zoology collection contains approximately 800,000 specimens, of which 70% are insects, and the Vertebrate Zoology collection contains more than 1.8 million specimens, including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Please Note:

In preparation for the upcoming collections move, we have adjusted our access policies:

We are no longer accepting new material for the research collection after October 21, 2022, unless prior arrangements have been made.

We are no longer granting outgoing loans after December 2022.

Visitors are welcome – to schedule your visit, please reach out to Zoology Collections Manager Julia Colby: colby@mpm.edu; or Head of Zoology collections Nick Dowdy: dowdyn@mpm.edu

We are accepting photo vouchers, please email Zoology Collections Manager Julia Colby: colby@mpm.edu

We will fulfill requests for specimen photos on a case by case basis. Please contact Zoology Collections Manager Julia Colby: colby@mpm.edu.