UW-Stevens Point opens its museum collections to the public
​UW-​Stevens Point Museum of Natural History Director Ray Reser 


Explore the wonders of the natural world through collections of animals, fish, plants and prehistoric specimens on display as the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point opens all of its museum collections to the public for the fifth annual Collection Crawl.

Hosted by its Museum of Natural History, the event will be held Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Offered to the public free of charge, it allows participants to see the more than 25,000 square feet of museum collections on display in several university buildings.

“This is our chance each year to throw open the doors and allow the public to experience the amazing diversity of natural science collections held by the museum,” said Ray Reser, museum director. “Our archived specimens now total over 400,000, providing an unparalleled opportunity for student research in multiple areas of natural science. Sharing this resource and our research with the local community is pivotal to our mission.”

Visitors begin the Collection Crawl at the Albertson Learning Resources Center (university library), where they pick up passports then gather stamps at 11 collection areas around campus. At each stop, university students will provide information and answer questions for families, students and community members who attend.

In addition to the Museum of Natural History exhibits, access will be available to the following collections: archaeology, entomology (insects), geology (rocks), herbarium (plants), herpetology (amphibians and reptiles), ichthyology (fish), mammalogy (mammals), ornithology (birds), paleontology (prehistoric life) and parasitology (parasites).

The UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History is an outreach and educational facility aligned with the College of Letters and Science. The only public natural history museum in north central Wisconsin, the museum’s exhibits are located on the first floor of the Alberston library and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Visitors may park for free in Lot R, which is accessible from Portage or Reserve streets. More information may be found at www.uwsp.edu/museum.


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