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Museum of Natural History Moving

Posted: Updated: June 14, 2013 10:51 AM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - As you could imagine...it is not easy...moving the contents of a museum.

Dr. Neil Douglas: "A monster move, literally millions of objects that have to be moved and taken care of in the move...so they're not broken."

Because of construction on campus...the ULM Museum of Natural History is in the process of a long-term move.  The museum, until recently, occupied the third floor of Sandel Hall. The display portion of the museum is being moved into a portion of Hanna Hall.

Dr. Tom Sasek:  "Sandel is going to be remodeled starting soon.  When completed, in a couple of years, the bookstore will go back to Sandel. That gives us the whole first floor here in Hanna for the display part of the museum.  Depending on when Walker Hall is finished we'll get the second floor for the research collection."

The extensive collection of fishes and a huge herbarium are being stored in a climate controlled room at Brown Stadium.  Dr. Douglas and many of his students are responsible for the fish collection at ULM, which is the third largest university  collection in the world.

"The collection has been on going since I came here in 1962.  I've had 71 grad students, they all contributed.  Its amounted to well over six million specimens."

The public should be able to view the display section of the museum on the first floor of Hanna Hall, possibly by next month.

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