Virginia Museum of Natural History


Welcome to the Virginia Museum of Natural History archaeology program. VMNH is Virginia’s state museum and repository for natural history. We are a research and collections based museum that curates millions of artifacts, fossils, rocks, minerals, and biological specimens including invertebrates, vertebrates, eggs, and nests.

In addition to an estimated ten million geological and biological specimens, VMNH curates over a million archaeological specimens (artifacts and samples). Our facilities include a wet lab for processing samples, wet screening, and washing; a Flote-Tech flotation tank with covered outside space for processing flotation samples; archaeology lab with reference collections for zooarchaeology; distance learning studio with video broadcast capabilities; and a research library. Space for visiting researchers is available upon request.

VMNH researchers work closely with the outreach staff to develop exhibits, educational programming, and events that incorporate our ongoing research and that fit the educational needs of a variety of audiences. To learn more about the museum visit

This web site hosts several galleries of photographs of modern and archaeological animal bones, teeth, and shells. These photographs are intended to be used as an aid for identifications of some of the specimens found in the Middle Atlantic region. More photographs will be added when available.

This site is supported with funding from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Threatened Sites Program.