The Natural History Museum consists of an Exhibit and a Research Collection. The Exhibit features live plants and animals native to the Llano Estacado and other regions of eastern New Mexico.
The museum’s Research Collection includes 10,500 specimens of mammals, 5,000 specimens of reptiles and amphibians, 1,000 specimens of birds, 10,000 specimens of fish, 30,000 specimens of invertebrates, and 10,000 specimens of plants and fungi. The research collection is closed to the public, but special tour arrangements can be made. Research at the museum focuses on the diversity, ecology, and management of New Mexico’s wildlife.