Shells & Molluscs



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Discover how life has evolved across time and space, how it’s still changing today, and how it might change in the future.

A broad diversity of modern molluscs collected from around the world.

Collections tell the story of life on Earth. Every discovery sheds new light on the past, and helps us better anticipate the future.

With working labs you can see into, it’s a new kind of museum—and a whole new way to experience our world.

Explore online resources and projects from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The latest news, blogs, and video from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Our generous donors make it possible for us to offer cost assistance to eligible schools, programs and families to ensure no child is turned away because of financial limitations.

The history of the Burke Museum Malacology Collection dates back to the origins of the museum itself.

Malacology is the study of molluscs, a large and spectacularly diverse group of soft-bodied, invertebrate animals.