Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

Valuing Our “Endangered” Natural History

An op-ed published in the New York Times on April 1 extolls the unsung virtues of natural history collections.

“Natural history museums are so focused on the future that they have for centuries routinely preserved such specimens to answer questions they didn’t yet know how to ask, requiring methodologies that had not yet been invented, to make discoveries that would have been, for the original collectors, inconceivable,” wrote Richard Conniff, author of the column.

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Valuing Our “Endangered” Natural History
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