A fully functional and vibrant natural history museum has to include active collection measures.
Our collections have tremendously grown over the past decade. Part of this growth is due to collection efforts of museum staff in their monitoring, teaching and research activities. Additionally, some of the museum staff, as part of their research programs concerning global biodiversity, also conducts collecting expeditions overseas.
Another major part of the collections are actually formed by contributions from private collectors and the transfer of collections from other institutes to the National Collections of Natural History.


Loenid Friedman collects insects near Merom Golan. Photo by Oz Rittner

Our collection policy:

  • Vertebrata: only carcasses are being collected, usually by the rangers of the Israel Nature and Parks  Authority
  • Fish and Invertebrate: active and controlled collection. The collection activities are being coordinated with Nature and Parks  Authority in Israel and with the relevant local authorities abroad.

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It is important to stress out that each collection from nature has to be coordinated with the nature conservation authority.

Uncoordinated collection activities are illegal.