Collections Overview

The Florida Museum has some of the most comprehensive and widely utilized collections in the world. While the museum's primary geographic strengths are in Florida, the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean, its collections and research programs span the globe to include every continent and nearly every island group on earth. Most of the Museum's ever-growing collections of plants, animals, fossils and artifacts rank among the top 10 nationally and internationally.

The collections include field notes, photographs, databases, and libraries that complement the irreplaceable scientific value of the specimens themselves. Utilizing these millions of specimens and artifacts housed within the Museum, its scientists are at the forefront of exploring some of today's most pressing and fascinating scientific and conservation issues.


Caribbean Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology (Zooarchaeology, Archaeobotany & Archaeopedology)
Florida Archaeology
Historical Archaeology
Latin American Archaeology
South Florida Archaeology
Ceramic Technology Laboratory


Latin American Ethnography
North American Ethnography

Natural Sciences

Botany/Herbarium (Plants)
Herpetology (Reptiles & Amphibians)
Ichthyology (Fishes)
Genetic Resources Repository
Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
Malacology & Invertebrate Zoology (Mollusks & Marine Invertebrates)
Ornithology (Birds)


Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology (Invertebrate Fossils)
Paleobotany & Palynology (Fossil Plants & Pollen)
Vertebrate Paleontology (Vertebrate Fossils)