The Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) is an
internationally recognized institution dedicated to the study of
vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).
It is an one of several natural history collections affiliated
with Cornell University. The CUMV collections contain over 1.5
million specimens and serve as the primary repositories for
vertebrates collected by past and present Cornellians doing
research around the world. As a university based museum, it also
serves as an important resource for undergraduate and graduate
The CUMV is administered through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. The museum is located approximately five miles north of the Cornell campus, at the Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, along with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
As a research institution, our specimens, tissue samples and related specimen data are available to qualified members of the scientific community affiliated with academic and research institutions. We especially encourage the use of the collections in student research, whether as thesis work, independent study, or class projects. Although there are no public exhibits at the museum, museum staff try to provide assistance to members of the Cornell Community whenever possible and do offer tours for classes and other interested groups.