The Cultural & Natural History Collections is the university’s repository of artifacts, objects, and specimens that preserve and document our collective memory of the natural and cultural world. With more than 70,000 items listed in its catalogue, the Collections materials date from the Ice Age to modern times, and include South American textiles, Native American baskets, Asian and African figurines and instruments, medical instruments and every day articles of modern living, fossils, taxidermied animals, insects, an herbarium, tektites and minerals, La Brea Tar Pit specimens, and so much more.
The Collections began its life as the Lordsburg College Museum in 1891, and has mirrored the growth of the college as it transitioned from La Verne College to the University of La Verne. From the first, it has continued to receive, house, and steward donations from the community, alumni, members of the Brethren church, scientists, naturalists, historians, anthropologists, and our own faculty. Today, the Collections resides in a newly renovated repository with state-of-the-art cabinetry. Its mission is to conserve, preserve, and share these collections for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Collections is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts: ArtWorks, California Humanities, American Alliance of Museums, Native Sons of the Golden West, and June Pulcini.