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Charles R. Conner Museum

Welcome

California Myotis cranium
Measurements on the cranium of a California Myotis Bat.

Brief History

Conner Museum traces its beginnings to 1894, when Charles R. Conner, president of the Board of Regents, persuaded the state of Washington to donate its exhibits from the Chicago World’s Fair to the fledgling Washington Agricultural College. Those first exhibits came from a mixture of several disciplines including anthropology, geology, biology, and agriculture. Over time and through the influence of successive curators, the museum’s theme gradually narrowed and focused on vertebrate animals.  Today the museum’s public exhibit includes over 700 mounts of birds and mammals.  The scientific collection used by researchers houses over 60,000 specimens of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Magpie feathers
Primary feathers of a Black-billed Magpie

Hours

Conner Museum is open to the public again!

Masking Guidelines:

  • In accordance with Governor Inslee’s most recent COVID guidelines, all visitors to indoor public spaces must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Open 7 days/week
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Closed on major holidays and during the annual University closure between Christmas Eve and New Years Day)

Admission

Free

Location

South end of the first floor of Abelson Hall

Groups

School groups and tour groups are welcome.  No reservations or advance notice needed.

Contact Information

509-335-3515
connermuseum@wsu.edu


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