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Explore Biodiversity...

Welcome to our Virtual Natural History Museum.  With our collections distributed widely around the Ithaca area, we've created a central place to come learn about the Natural History Collections associated with Cornell University.

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Map of Collections, Ithaca, NY

Click on map to find our relative locations.

Museum of Vertebrates
We have over 1.25 million specimens of different animals species with backbones such as fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.
Museum of the Earth
With both a public museum and an extensive research collection behind the scenes,we focus on the discovery of fossilized plants and animals of all types.
Beetle Insect Collection
Learn about Cornell's often lovely and certainly extensive and historic entomology collection housed within Comstock Hall.
Plant Pathology

By fungal holdings alone one of the largest collections of its kind in the U.S. This collection includes various other plant pathogens thus combining "pure" science and application-oriented research.

Bailey Hortorium

The L. H. Bailey Hortorium Herbarium is one of the largest university-affiliated collections of preserved plant material in North America.

Macaulay Library
This unconventional natural history collection is the world's largest online archive of animal sounds and video.