Half a million 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.
Founded by Cyrus Pringle in 1902, it holds 360,000 sheets and is the second largest herbarium in New England.
Founded by Zadock Thompson in 1826, the zoological collections hold nearly 150,000 specimens, 90% of which are insects.
Vermont Collections Network
Coming soon: one landing page for all collections around the state, expanding digital access for research and education.