Amarillo College Natural History Museum Teaching Great Lessons

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Did you know, in the corner of the Amarillo College Natural History Museum lies a wealth of knowledge where Earth’s most intriguing creatures can be studied by folks like you and I?

“We have one of the largest insect collections on public display,” said Curator and Director Dan Porter.

It is a small museum, but it is jam-packed with everything from whimsical butterflies, to majestic bald eagles, and even creepy, crawly critters. 

“We have butterflies from around the world here. They were collected by Mr. Howard, he traveled all over the world collecting insects,” said Porter.

Things do not stop there.

“We also have an entire collection of mammals from Safari Club International. Most of them are exotic, African specimens. We also have North American specimens,” added Porter.

Most of their visitors are students on field trips, but Porter, also a biology professor at AC, tries to take the exhibit to schools for presentations too.

“I have special kits that I take out. Basically, mammals from the Texas Panhandle, which has the mammal hides, skins, things from around the panhandle,” said Porter.

While the museum’s main goal is to educate and enrich the lives of their visitors, they also play an important role in preserving our past and building our future.

“Museums actually have three different functions, one of them is to educate, and that is our primary emphasis at our museum, which is education. But also we have a research collection in the back room that researchers could come and do research and the third function is just archiving specimens,” said Porter.

For more information on the Museum, visit their website by clicking here.

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