Natural History

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery cares for over 150,000 natural history specimens. These include an estimated 90,000 insects, 10,000 minerals, 10,000 plants, 3,000 jars of wet-preserved specimens, plus hundreds of birds, mammals, eggs, shell, corals, skeletons, fossils and rocks. Many of these collections are important due to their age, associated information and the personal histories of the collectors. The Museum also has a historic natural history library and archive.

Bird collection

The bird collection contains some 800 specimens, mainly local 19th century specimens, representing more than 220 British species.