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Legionary Ant

Neivamyrmex nigrescens

Interview with Carol Butler about the Value of Collections

Carol Butler sitting at her desk talking about why museums keep and digitize natural history collections.
In celebration of the Smithsonian centennial, Carol Butler, Chief of Collections at the National Museum of Natural History, was interviewed. She talks about why museums keep and digitize natural...

Anthropology Collections and Staff

Artifacts on shelves and in boxes at the Museum Support Center (MSC) in Maryland with collections staff in the background.
Display of artifacts at the Museum Support Center (MSC) in Silver Hill, Maryland with collections staff in the background. The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center consists of storage pods...

Adrienne Kaeppler- Collections of the U.S. Exploring Expedition

Close-up photo of a gold colored Possum skin cloak, Aboriginal Australian. From The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842.
See the many, and one-of-a-kind, cultural objects found on the United States Exploring Expedition from 1838-1842. Narrated by anthropologist Dr. Adrienne Kaeppler. Video courtesy of the Smithsonian...

Becoming a Museum Collections Manager

Photo of Deb Hull-Walski in front of a cabinet of catalog type drawers discussing her education in history and archaeology.
Find out how someone becomes a collections manager in a major museum. National Museum of Natural History collections manager Deb Hull-Walski discusses her education in history and archaeology. Video...

Inside the National Museum of Natural History: Collections

A woman looking at an open drawer of Red-Tailed Hawk specimens in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History.
Join Smithsonian scientists for an insider's tour of the field research and behind-the-scenes collections of the National Museum of Natural History. We bring you dinosaurs, fish, jewelry, and a...

Flesh Eating Beetles at the Smithsonian's Osteology Laboratory

Close-up photo of a group of about 15 black flesh eating beetles on the bones of a animal in the Osteology Laboratory at NMNH
From the field to museum collections is a specialized journey for a museum specimen. In this video, museum specialist John J. Ososky explains how he prepares animal specimens for research and...

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