Natural History Collection

Natural History Specimen Rentals

Teachers, artists, researchers, and many others enjoy exploring and renting from Lindsay’s fascinating Natural History Teaching Collection. Our 16,000 preserved specimens include gems, minerals, fossils, plants, insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We invite the Lindsay community to enjoy and benefit from our teaching collection and conservation efforts.

Rental Rates
Small Specimens: $10 each

Medium Specimens: $15 each

Large Specimens: $20 each

Maximum of 8 specimens per rental. Subject to availability and the museum’s discretion. 


Please Note
We require two week to receive and process your request. All rentals are for 5 days, with the pick-up date counting as the first. Payment is required at time of pick up. The determination of small and large is made by Lindsay staff. Late fees are $5 per day for each small item and $10 per day for each large item. 

Due to Covid-19, the museum is not currently offering specimen rentals. Thank you for understanding!

For more information, email the Education Registrar or call (925) 627-2913.

Natural History Donations

The Lindsay Wildlife Experience welcomes donations of vertebrates, invertebrates, botany, geology, fossils, and scientific illustrations or art. Acceptance of a donation is at the discretion of the Director of Education and is guided by the museum’s Collection Policy.

How to Donate

To be considered for acquisition, a completed Donation Form and photos of the specimens should be sent to the Director of Education, Maia Kolbeck, at [email protected]. If you need assistance filling out the Donation Form or are unsure of a specimen’s taxonomic information email the Education Registrar, Christina Schwandt, for assistance at [email protected].