Welcome to the West Virginia University (WVU)
Division of Forestry and Natural Resources’ Natural History Museum.

Our natural history museum was created in 2008 and is currently housed in classrooms 308 and 309 Percival Hall on the Evansdale Campus at WVU. We created a natural history museum for West Virginia because we believe natural history museums are critical for educating future resource managers and the general public. We also believe that natural history museums are an essential component of a comprehensive land grant institution particularly in a rural state like West Virginia where people embrace a strong connection with the land.

image of artist's rendition of WVU Natural History Museum

A Natural History museum provides the following benefits to the Appalachian Region and West Virginia University.

  • Enhanced learning opportunities for students enrolled in Wildlife and Fisheries; Forestry; Natural Resources; Geology; Biology; Entomology; Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Creative Arts; Education; Business; and other natural, physical, and social sciences.
  • Promote economic development in the Morgantown area and West Virginia by attracting visitors and providing employment opportunities for students and the community.
  • Ensure maintenance of natural history collections in the Appalachians rather than exporting our natural history knowledge and databases out of the region.
  • Help promote the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.
  • Educate the citizenry about Appalachian natural history and encourage a stewardship approach to natural resources conservation.