August 23, 2022

Peering Back In Time – 19th Century Microscope Slides of William Sullivant

An unassuming dark wooden cabinet on the shelves in the collections revealed beautiful 19th century microscope slides from William Sullivant.

April 27, 2022

Ask a Curator: Natural History and Archaeology Object Identification Event

Join our curatorial team as we help our visitors to determine what it is they think they have in their own personal collection.

April 22, 2022

How to Find a Mastodon – The Story of the Williams Mastodon

By David Dyer, Natural History Curator, with Emily George Emily George was on a mission. She had heard about the Williams mastodon while growing up, and about how her grandfather Gus George had helped excavate the skeleton in Columbus in the mid-1950s. After talking with her family about the mastodon for a school genealogy project […]

January 18, 2022

What is it? – Identification of Natural History Objects

Many interesting natural objects can be found while out hiking, walking along a streambed, or digging on your property.

October 8, 2021

Restoring a Sense of Wonder

“I fell in love with every bird I met and everything they did. Their world, my world, was all new. I swooned to kinglets, warblers, tanagers...

September 1, 2021

It’s About Time – A New Ice Age Carnivore Found in Ohio!

Those of us interested in the fauna of the Ice Age (or Pleistocene epoch) are always on the lookout for the Big Two. One of these, the dire wolf, has recently been discovered!

July 14, 2021

Celebrating World Snake Day 2021

World Snake Day 2021 is Friday, July 16! Want to learn more about these misunderstood animals?

June 17, 2021

Getting to Know Ohio with the Ohio History Connection Passport Program

Sarahmarie Specht-Bird says, "If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love a good stamp." Beginning in 2020, she took this love on the road with our Ohio History Passport, finding enjoyment and peace in many Ohio sites even as the pandemic consumed daily life. Read on to learn more about Sarahmarie's experience, and make sure to pick up a passport of your own!

May 11, 2021

Wildlife Forensics – How Museums Can Assist in Solving Wildlife Crimes

Read more about wildlife forensics and how museums can use their collections to help protect wildlife.

April 28, 2021

Get Ready for Brood X!

Western Ohio as well as Indiana, Maryland, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina are all due to experience...