The museum's collection is made up of specimens and objects in the fields of zoology, botany, geology and anthropology. The collection also includes photographs, slides, film and sound recordings, drawings, case information and field notes, etc. From the latter half of 2003, the scope of the collection has been expanded to include live plant specimens, fungi, spores and pollen, bark and seeds, etc.
Each collection is looked after by a collection manager. The collection manager is responsible for specimen handling, cataloging, storage and preservation, etc. The Registrar's Office oversees the logging of specimens into and out of the museum, inventory, environmental monitoring of collection storage areas, maintenance and management and development of added-value applications of collected specimens and objects.
Currently, the museum is establishing a professional management system including defining the key areas of collection management work and setting up cultural object collection earthquake and disaster preparedness plans and post-disaster plans. In addition, the museum is constructing an information system for collection management and collection work. Through the use of knowledge management technology, digitized information about the collection can be entered into a multimedia database and portal site, to be accessed by the public.
Collection Space and Quantity
As of the end of 2006, the collection totaled nearly 940,000 specimens, and is continuing to increase in quantity. The collection space measures nearly 15,000 square meters including the preparing room, specimen handling
areas and collection storage rooms.
Left: Miao's Dangling Leg Houses
Right: the insect specimens donated by Professor Sato