A Resource for Managing Fossil Collections

This site is intended as a central resource on collection management for anyone who has an interest in fossil collections, from museum and lab professionals, to amateur collectors, to school and university students. If you are responsible for a fossil collection in an institution, have a private collection, are thinking about a career in paleontology, or just are interested in what museums do with all those fossils, this site is for you.

Website Topics



Learn how museums or individuals legally and safely acquire fossils.



Create a safe environment for fossil specimens and their associated information.



Learn how to find and organize fossil specimens and their associated information.



Learn how fossil specimens and their associated information can be used and shared with others.

Additional Information

Case Studies

Browse examples that illustrate best practices in collections management.


Tools & Resources

Learn the terminology of collections and discover books and websites on this subject.