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Did you know... that the Dayton Society of Natural History curates approximately 1.8 million objects across various disciplines? The anthropology collection is our largest (1.4 million items) and is dominated by archaeological specimens, including artifacts excavated from SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park; the biology collection (280,000 specimens) includes many insects as well as a wide variety of preserved plants and animals; the geology collection (15,000 specimens) contains rocks, minerals, and fossils; and the astronomy collection consists of several dozen meteorites and tektites. The collections’ objects are utilized in exhibitions, for public programs, and for research.

View objects from across our Collection that illustrate the importance of lifelong learning, participating in ongoing research, and protecting objects for future generations at this exhibition.

Located on the second floor of the Museum in the Collections Hall, adjacent to the Tidal Pool.

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