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The Museum’s 25 million objects—from Antarctic dinosaurs to Peruvian plants, from Inuit masks to Tanzanian mammals—are the lifeblood of the Museum, and an unparalleled resource to the world scientific community. Our collections hold answers to fundamental questions about our planet, its life, and its cultures. In an increasingly virtual world, our specimens are the real, concrete evidence of life on Earth.

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The Museum’s 25 million objects—from Antarctic dinosaurs to Peruvian plants, from Inuit masks to Tanzanian mammals—are the lifeblood of the Museum, and an unparalleled resource to the world scientific community. Our collections hold answers to fundamental questions about our planet, its life, and its cultures. In an increasingly virtual world, our specimens are the real, concrete evidence of life on Earth.

The biological and cultural objects that we care for in our vast expanse of drawers and jars stir the senses, provoke awe, and inspire scientists and educators. We make this encyclopedic resource available for researchers worldwide, and safeguard it so that future generations of scientists and students can call on it to answer questions we can’t even imagine today.

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