Dry and wet collections

The Natural History Museum of Denmark has many collections of animals, rocks and plants, which are preserved in quite different ways. Apart from rocks, fossils, meteorites and minerals, there are mounted skeletons, boxes of bones, skins and hides, insects on needles, animals and plants in alcohol, plants mounted on herbarium sheets, glass slides, tissue samples and much more.

Natural history collections can overall be divided into three types depending on preservation: wet, dry and living.