The Museum is open Wed–Mon, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM. The Sea Center on Stearns Wharf is closed for renovations until spring 2022.

What's in our Drawers

Art and Objects from the Museum’s Collections

Through March 31, 2022

Of the millions of objects in our care only a very small proportion are on display, but that doesn't mean they aren’t being used. Specimens and artifacts are an important source for reference and research. Natural history collections play a vital role in our understanding of biodiversity, evolution, population genetics, and the environmental impacts of climate change.

This special exhibit offers a rare chance to see behind-the-scenes from the perspective of our curatorial staff working in anthropology, zoology, and other disciplines. Treasures from our permanent collections are showcased with specially selected objects and artifacts as well as antique natural history prints.