Natural history collections are a library of physical and biological data that scientists and scholars use to better understand our world. At the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, collections are important educational tools that help us share research and scholarship with students and the general public.

The research and education potential of the Anthropology Collection is one of the Museum’s greatest assets. To better realize this potential, the Museum established the Connecticut Archaeology Center in 2004.

The biological collections we hold for Museum education are just a fraction of the University's broader collections. The Biodiversity Research Collections of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UConn contain hundreds of thousands of specimens of mammals, birds, insects, invertebrates, fossils, plants, fish and parasites. EEB’s state-of-the-art collection facility serves individuals and institutions from all over the world as well as providing extensive online collection information.