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Invertebrate Zoology

The Museum’s Invertebrate Zoology collections contain an estimated 24 million specimens. Most of these specimens are terrestrial arthropods, but there are large collections of marine and freshwater invertebrates. 


Invertebrate Paleontology

The Museum has one of the largest invertebrate fossil collections in the world. The collection size is over 5.0 million specimen lots.


The Museum’s Giant Squid

For centuries, humans have been fascinated by giant squids, among the largest—and most elusive—living invertebrate species. Living far below the surface of the oceans, giant squids had rarely been seen alive—until now.


Epic Encounter: Giant Squid and Sperm Whale

The animation brings to life a scene that has fascinated visitors for decades—the sperm whale and giant squid diorama in the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life.

Shelf Life: Voyage of the Giant Squid 

This Shelf Life episode traces the travels of the Museum’s specimen of one of the most iconic animals in the world’s oceans, the giant squid.


Return to Milstein Science Series: Celebrating Cephalopods