WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE! Nature strange and beautiful. Over 9,000 specimens in a historic Victorian museum. Ideal for family visits! Mammals, reptiles, birds and bugs. One of the largest collections in NY State. Educational and fun. FREE ADMISSION.
The Pember Library and Museum of Natural History was established in Granville, New York, in 1909, by Franklin Tanner Pember and his wife Ellen Wood Pember.
The Pember Museum of Natural History and the Pember Nature Preserve provide exhibits, programs and activities for the people of eastern New York, western Vermont and visitors from everywhere. It is the only institution of its kind in the region and serves large numbers of school children each year. The Museum and Preserve offer lectures, field trips, environmental studies, tours, hikes, day camps, outreach and many other special programs.
Rare and exotic mammals on display at the Museum include the Duckbilled Platypus and Red Kangaroo. Extinct species on exhibit include the Carolina Paroquet, the Passenger Pigeon, and eggs from the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and Great Auk. Children are encouraged to explore our “Please Touch” naturalist’s cabinets containing a variety of hands-on specimens, such as skulls, bones, pelts and shells.
The Pember is a non-profit, educational organization.
Museum Hours are:
- Tuesday - Friday 1 PM to 5 PM
- Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM
The Museum is also open from 7:00-9:00 pm, during First Friday, the Museum’s monthly cultural and art event, open to all.
For an outdoor adventure, be sure to visit the Pember Nature Preserve, where you can hike any of seven nature trails on 125 acres of sanctuary. The Preserve is located 7 miles south of the museum, off Route 22, in Hebron, NY and is open year-round during daylight hours.
To plan your visit, please visit their website or call (518) 642-1515!