Established in 1968, the museum houses more than 6,000 items, including anthropology artifacts, botanical specimens, fossils, marine life, minerals, crystals and gems, rocks, fluorescent rocks and minerals. It also has mounted heads of American and African game mammals, East African birds, Virginia birds, nests and eggs, Virginia and international insects. The fluorescent rock room, the 3,000 year-old mummy hand, the full mount American bison, Kodiak bear, and Rocky mountain goat, and two-headed calf are just few of the highlights.
Special exhibits are occasionally displayed. The museum and Discovery Room are open Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 p.m. while EMU is in session. Group tours are also available by reservation and for a fee.