Over the last 180 years the Yorkshire Museum has amassed a biology collection which now contains over 200,000 specimens from all the major biological groups.
Please note: The Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive and varied collection of items and artefacts. Whilst we make every effort to display a broad spectrum of our collections it is not always possible for all our collections to be on display at once. Please check the latest exhibitions to find out what collections are currently on display or contact us on 01904 687687.
The 140,000 insects make up the majority of the collection, but there are also over 40,000 plant and fungi specimens and over 10,000 each of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
There are birds’ eggs from Iceland, sea shells from Fiji and a vast and scientifically important collection representing the fauna and flora of Yorkshire.
The museum also holds many rare and globally important specimens including two Great Auks, from a collection of only 80 or so worldwide, examples of the extinct passenger pigeons and one of the most complete specimens of the Moa in the world.
- Exclusive Exhibition Events for YMT Card Holders at York Art Gallery, the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum in 2017
- Viking: Rediscover the Legend - Major New Exhibition by the Yorkshire Museum To Open May 2017 In Partnership with the British Museum
- York Museums Trust Receive Grant from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
- Star Carr Headdress Celebrated as Part of Royal Mail 'Ancient Britain' Special Stamps
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