Virtual field trips are being developed for the K-12/homeschool population. All loans are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sign up for the Museum's newsletter to receive updates regarding programming. (Click on the lowest maroon button in the right column.)

As of December 2018, alcohol preserved specimens (fish, amphibians, and reptiles) are unavailable for loan due to safety concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact us at cmuseum@cmich.edu if you have any questions.

Click on the list below to see which items are available for loan:

Specimen loans may be reserved in the following manner: (Please allow two weeks for your request to be processed)


The following guidelines have been established to protect museum collections and to assure their availability to all users.  Your cooperation is appreciated and will help us meet the needs of everyone.

  • Acquiring a Loan:  At least two weeks advance notice is required to reserve a collection.  All loans will be picked up and returned by the loanee or their designee.
  • Specimen Types:  Loaned animal specimens may be study skins (may be encapsulated) or taxidermied mounts.
  • Duration of Loan:   Normally up to one week; duration exceeding one week may be arranged in exceptional circumstances.
  • Care of Collections:  Loaned collections must be made secure when not in use, preferably locked up, when the instructor leaves the building for the day.  Loaned collections are the responsibility of the loanee and should be supervised and handled properly.  Avoid extreme cold and heat! Fluctuations of temperature are damaging to the collections (especially historical). Keep zoological collections (birds and mammals) out of reach of pets.