Page last updated April 2, 2019
The Conner Museum public exhibit is open to the public and is free. It occupies several rooms at the south end of the first floor of Abelson Hall. Click here for more visitor information.
The exhibit features several hundred taxidermy mounts of birds and mammals, most from the Pacific Northwest. It is a popular destination for school field trips and campus visitors. One of its most important functions is for WSU education. Several undergraduate classes incorporate a visit to the museum as part of their labs.
Several exhibits line the hallway at the south end of the museum. On one side of the hallway is a deer exhibit with mounts of deer species that occur in the region, including a moose. The other side of the hallway has smaller exhibits featuring skeletons and high-elevation habitats.
The East Gallery is the largest of the three Museum rooms. Most of the East Gallery displays feature birds, arranged more or less in taxonomic groups.
The biggest display in the East Gallery is a Bighorn Sheep quartet in the middle of the room. Other displays feature Mountain Goats, Pronghorn, and the science of Ancient DNA.
Most of the exhibits in the West Gallery are mammals. The biggest mount is the bison in the corner of the room. Other displays include a gray wolf, cougar, beavers, foxes, and bats.
The North Gallery features exhibits about evolution and adaptation. It also includes our popular dinosaur exhibit.
If you have time, visit the Owen Science Library, just south of Abelson Hall, to view a few more Museum displays. There is a large mounted Brown Bear on the first floor and several display cases of exhibits on the second floor.