NYSM Collection Databases

At the New York State Museum, staff have been digitizing the museum’s collections as they continue to grow. In order to help make the collections more accessible to researchers, portions of the museum’s database have been shared online with national and international data aggregators. These data can be accessed by following the links below. If data pertaining to a specific inquiry cannot be found at any of the linked aggregators, contact the collection manager of the department of interest for more information.

Select from the following areas to view associated NYSM database records available online:

External Database Portals

Records from NYSM databases appear on the following online portals:

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

An international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

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This NSF-funded collaborative project helps people discover, capture, and publish biodiversity data. It is also the core of a collaboration between hundreds of biocollections that contribute biodiversity data and work together to improve it.

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Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) funded by the National Science Foundation. Through ADBC, data and images for millions of biological specimens are being made available in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public.


Bionomia tracks individual researchers and the specimens they have collected and/or identified and the impact they have had on natural history collections. It also tracks the impact that a museum or institution has had on the field of natural history. At Bionomia, past and present collectors and researchers from the New York State Museum can be found as well as the impact they had on their field.