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Bob & Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History

The Bob & Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History includes the vertebrate collections and the herbarium.

Vertebrate Collections

Richard Blob, Faculty Director

The Department of Biological Sciences’ Bob & Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History contains over 25,000 mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, and fish specimens, as well as a plethora of taxidermy mounts and articulated skeletons from around the world. Driven by a passion to engage and educate the community, our small but extraordinary museum offers personalized behind-the-scenes guided tours in addition to off-campus outreach activities designed to instill a sense of respect and understanding of the natural world. Contact Melissa Fuentes to arrange a tour or for additional information.  

      • The SCETV Emmy award-winning show “Making It Grow” visited biological sciences and the Bob and Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History and interviewed museum curator Melissa Fuentes. This episode features the natural history museum and its many animal inhabitants, the process behind the display of animals from South Carolina and the rest of the world as well as our herbarium that contains 100,000 specimens of plants!  Watch the episode.
      • Information on additional campus tours/activities and dining options

Use of Vertebrate Collection
The museum’s specimen collection is available for research and as a teaching tool for university educators, outreach coordinators, and more. logo of museum The museum building has a classroom, a specimen workroom, and two vertebrate storage areas that contain 4,000 mammals, 7,000 birds and 5,000 egg clutches, as well as 2,500 reptiles and amphibians, and over 7,000 jars of fish. Contact Melissa Fuentes to arrange loans, classroom or workroom use, seminars, or for any other additional information.


Lorena Endara, Curator & Lecturer
Saara DeWalt, Faculty Director

The Department of Biological Sciences’ Bob & Betsy Campbell Museum of Natural History also houses the Clemson University Herbarium. It maintains an extensive collection of local, regional, and worldwide floras and boasts the largest plant collection in the state. The herbarium is an important research tool that contributes to work done in the fields of botany, biology, ecology, environmental studies, conservation and more. The herbarium’s collections consist of dried and pressed plant specimens as well as a moss and lichen collection that was organized over a century ago by a group of Clemson botanists that has become an indispensable resource for the study of plants, particularly those in the southeastern United States. For additional information, contact Lorena Endara