Oyster Shells

Oyster Shells is one of the Education Department's many collections of specimens and artifacts gathered by explorers and scientists. By making identifications using this collection, you can learn how to start your own collection of oyster shells. For more than 125 years explorers and scientists from the American Museum of Natural History have traveled on expeditions to many parts of the world and assembled the Museum's collections.

The Collection
Fifteen specimens from the Oyster Shells collection, their classification, and their distribution.
Identification Key
An interactive identification key that you can use to identify individual specimens from the collection.
Identification Activity
Pick one of the specimens from the Oyster Shells collection, and see if you can identify it using the identification key.
Educator's Guide
Tips for educators on how to get the most from the collection and activities.