Natural History Collection
The Natural History Collection is comprised of approximately 5000 botanical, entomological, geological, zoological and ornithological specimens. The strength of this collection is in ornithology with fine examples that represent the lifecycle of many North American birds including nests and eggs. The Museum has almost 200 preserved specimens including an American bald eagle. Other highlights include a giant clam shell, a narwhal tusk and Molly, a baby Asian elephant, who was considered by many visitors to the Jamaica Plain buildings to be the Museum’s mascot. Many items from the Natural History collection are on view in the Science Playground exhibit, including sea birds, butterflies, giant shells, and small mammals.