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Museum of Natural History

Amphibians & Reptiles:

Our amphibians and reptiles display features turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes. The museum has over 90% of known species of crocodilians.


The Southeast Asian Bird display is the largest of its kind in the U.S., along with various birds from around the world to see. The museum features fascinating birds of prey: vultures, condors, falcons, hawks, and eagles.


Many of the Asian species featured in this museum do not appear in any other U.S. museum. Also to be seen are different species of primates and carnivores.

Mineral Spheres:

The most beautiful and unique specimens from one of the largest collections of spheres are on display. The large verde antique sphere from Victorville weighs 396 pounds. The museum has more than 1,300 spheres in its collection.

Gems and Minerals:

The mineral displays are frequently rotated and updated. Displays typically include the following: minerals from California, meteorites and tektites, fluorescent minerals, and an impressive display of showy gems.


There are more than 100 species of trees that have been naturalized to the campus, which is officially recognized as an arboretum.

Petrified Wood:

The unique colors of petrified wood are created by the minerals brought in by the water that surrounds the tree once the wood is buried. The collection contains specimens mainly from the Western U.S.

Collection Highlights

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