800,000 animals, plants, and fungi

The museum holds specimens from around the world, while also serving as the official state archive of Vermont's flora and fauna. Scholars and students go to our collections to answer key questions about the diversity and origins of life on Earth.

Our vision is to promote understanding of the natural world and investment in sustaining it through research, curatorial work, and outreach. By bringing people into contact with natural diversity, the museum seeks to provide a broad audience with the understanding that the viability of human society depends on ensuring the future of natural systems.

A fire in August 2017 forced us out of our historic home in Torrey Hall, and collections are now held in three different buildings on campus. Torrey is being renovated, and we hope to return there in the future. Jan 2021 update: the pandemic has placed renovations on hold, and our timeline is uncertain.

mounted type specimen

Pringle Herbarium

Founded by Cyrus Pringle in 1902, it holds 350,000 sheets and is the third largest herbarium in New England.

a drawer of mounted beetles in boxes

Thompson Zoological Collections

Founded by Zadock Thompson in 1826, they hold 450,000 specimens, 95 percent of which are insects and spiders.

Torrey Hall at sunset

Torrey Hall Renovation

After a four-alarm fire in 2017, the museum's exterior has been beautifully restored. The interior renovation will include an exhibit hall.