Over 500,000 specimens

From snails to whales, algae to mahogany, our collections preserve an astonishing range of species illustrating the breadth and complexity of our Earth's biodiversity.


Welcome to the UMass Natural History Collections!

This hidden gem on campus contains thousands of preserved specimens – illustrating the wide range of biodiversity found on Earth over time! From sponges to sloths, and snakes to succulents – the collections have something for everyone.

Encompassing the UMass Herbarium, Morrill Greenhouses, and extensive animal collection, this page will cover each collection equally. Above are photos from vertebrate collections, as well as photos from @morrillgreenhouses

Follow our Social Media Accounts for updates & photos of the collections, as well as opportunities for involvement!

IG: @umassnaturalhistorycollections

Twitter: @NHC_Umass

Facebook: @Umassnaturalhistorycollections

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