Explore More Collections

Where everything is connected

Have you ever experienced the joy of finding something wonderful?

Maybe you knew what it was and had been searching for it. Or maybe you had no idea what it was and just couldn't wait to figure it out.

Explore More Collections is a one-of-a-kind environment where visitors engage in the process of finding, identifying and connecting objects with the natural world.

Discovery Place has over 80,000 non-living items in Collections. From 4-million-year-old Amminoid fossils to a passenger pigeon collected in 1884, there isn’t a dull item to be discovered. Over 3,000 liquid preserved spiders, collected in North Carolina by Dr. David Grant, call the Museum Collections home.

Although the entirety of the Museum’s Collections cannot be displayed, the Explore More Collections lab provides visitors the opportunity to peek behind the curtain to see the wondrous items archived over the years.

Ocean, Land and Sky

Discovery Place is celebrating the Year of the Engineer where we focus on human ingenuity, mechanics and the inner workings of things. Just like humans, other organisms engineer and design their habitats.

This year in Explore More Collections, discover the biodiversity of the ocean, land and sky. Touch nature in our new hands-on drawers, solve the research expedition mystery and explore the creativity of some of Earth’s smallest organism.

NEW! Around the World

This year in Explore More Collections, discover the diversity of the natural world and take a trip around the globe. Touch nature in our hands-on drawers, observe a private collection of maps and globes, solve a travel mystery and explore each continent’s assorted collections.


Pet Rocks: Pets can be hard to manage at times with all that walking, feeding and socializing. Instead, come create and style your very own pet rock! Daily at 2 p.m.

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