Research & Collections


The Alabama Museum of Natural History Collections are currently being added to Arctos. Check back frequently as collections are routinely being added. View our Collections Policy.

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The Archaeological Collection holds over one million artifacts, associated writings, and photographic images documenting the history of human occupation in the southeastern United States and beyond.

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The UA Herbarium houses about 64,000 specimens of vascular plants, about 6,000 specimens of mosses, and a few liverworts, lichens, algae, and fungi. Learn more about the herbarium at herbarium.as.ua.edu.

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The Entomology Collection contains approximately 500K specimens, including two historical pinned collections of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera and a large collection of aquatic insects.

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Earth Sciences - Geology

The Geology Collection consists of thousands of mineral and rock specimens. The geology specimens are mostly used for educational and outreach purposes, but they are also used for research.

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Earth Sciences - Paleontology

The Paleontology Collection is made up of hundreds of thousands of vertebrate, invertebrate, plant, and trace fossils, mostly originating from Alabama. The majority of the fossils are invertebrates.

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History & Ethnology

The history and ethnology collections consist of over 15,000 items, including bottles, stoneware jugs, hand tools, and telegraph insulators. It also contains objects related to the Gorgas House.

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Human Osteology

We have an extensive collection of human skeletal remains from prehistoric Alabama, including those recovered in archaeological excavations at the famous Moundville site.

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Invertebrate Zoology

The Invertebrate Zoology Collection contains 20,081 catalogued lots of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial invertebrates and an estimated 10,000 additional lots of uncatalogued specimens.

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The University of Alabama Ichthyological Collection is one of the largest educational and research collections of fishes in the southeastern United States.

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Vertebrate Zoology

The UA Museums Vertebrate Zoology Collection consists of numerous mammalian and ornithological specimens and a comparative skeletal collection.

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Archival Collections

Archival objects include ephemeral materials such as historical event records, research papers, photographs, microscope slides, catalogues, field notes, specimen- or artifact-associated documentation, videos and other recordings, manuscripts, scrapbooks and journals.

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Reptilian & Amphibian Collection

The Reptile and Amphibian Collection is comprised of specimens largely collected prior to 1990 from around the state of Alabama.