University of Notre Dame Museum of Biodiversity

157 Jordan Hall of Science,University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556 - United States



Free Everyday

The Museum of Biodiversity showcases the Department of Biological Sciences’ extensive collections of plants, amphibians, fish, birds, mammals, insects, parasites, and fossils that have been acquired over the last 175 years. The Greene-Nieuwland Herbarium, which houses about 280,000 dried plant specimens, includes many specimens that were used for the description of North American species. The Museum’s arthropod collection is strong in species of importance to public health. The fossil collection includes specimens dating as far back as 500,000,000 years before present time and includes specimens from the Burgess Shale, British Columbia, where some of the earliest evidence of animal diversity was first documented, and includes a full skull of a large specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex and portions of a large Triceratops and other dinosaur specimens, as well as bones of mastodons collected from northern Indiana. In addition to natural history specimens, the museum houses a collection of 17th and 18th century microscopes and other optical equipment and antique microscope slides used for the examination of biological specimens.


As a research and teaching support facility, the Notre Dame Museum of Biodiversity has no regular open hours and normally is closed to the pubic. However, on Saturday, April 4, 2020, for Museum Day, all museum collections and facilities will be open to the public. Curators and staff will be present and tours will be provided.

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.