The Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) is an
internationally recognized institution dedicated to the study of
vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals),
one of several natural history collections affiliated with
Cornell University. Containing over 1.5 million
specimens and 10,000 genetic samples, the CUMV is the primary
repository for vertebrate specimens from around the world collected by Cornellians past and present.
As a university-based
museum, it also serves as an important resource for undergraduate
and graduate education.
The CUMV is administered through the Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology
and the College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences
. The museum is housed
within the Johnson Center for Birds and
Biodiversity along with the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology
, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the Cornell campus.
The CUMV's holdings are searchable on Arctos
and on VertNet
. Loans of specimens and tissue samples
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 are available to provide information about the collections to the
Cornell community and to the public. Tours can be scheduled for classes
and other interested groups.
Have a look at select CUMV specimens on our Flickr gallery