The Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, housed on Earlham’s campus, serves as a classroom for students who want to gain hands-on knowledge and experience about working in museums. Earlham College students, guided by a small faculty and staff, welcome visitors, conduct research, design and lead programs and exhibitions, care for the museum’s collections and live animals, and market its programs. The museum also serves as a “learning lab” for students in the college’s museum studies program.
The Joseph Moore Museum’s research collection comprises more than 60,000 specimens. The collection documents the biodiversity of our region as well as illustrating many species from around the world. It is a resource for teaching and research worldwide.