Mr. Pember, a member of the prestigious American Fern Society and an avid botanist, collected over 1000 specimens of plants found both locally and from around the continental United States. Iridescent butterflies from around the world in every shape, color and size make up the largest portion of the insect collection. Insects that mimic leaves and sticks and the large Rhinoceros and Hercules Beetles are among the many insects on display.
Mr. Pember collected sets of bird eggs and nests from around the United States to add to his collection from other individuals ranging from 1874-1920. While egg collecting is no longer fashionable or legal these eggs are an important historical resource for those studying bird biology.
Mr. Pember also collected sea shells and other examples of marine life. The majority of the collections are on exhibit in their original cases, while duplicate specimens are in storage.
Besides our permanent collection, the Pember has an excellent educational collection which is used for onsite and offsite programs. Some of our objects are available for loan to educators and other museums.
We are currently researching provenance and other information for a number of Artifacts found in storage. Some were collected by Mr. Pember and others were donated over the years. These will be added to the online database.
The Museum's online database features more than 6,000 accessioned collection items. Each listing contains a description, photo of the item and more. Research collections of the Pember Museum are available to the public for the following collection units:
- Amphibians (1 record)
- Birds (1,374 records)
- Botany (1,529 records)
- Eggs (885 records)
- Geology (392 records)
- Insects (1,622 records)
- Invertebrates (273 records)
- Mammals (158 records)
- Reptiles (32 records)
Click here to view the database.