Collection Data

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Michael Oschin Amber Collection

Section Responsible for Processing

Invertebrate Paleontology


This is a varied collection with about 1055 pieces of mostly Dominican (20 mya) and Baltic (40 mya) amber, most pieces with either arthropod (mostly insects, but also other animals) or botanical inclusions.


This was the personal collection of Mr. Michael Oschin, whose family members are long-time supporters of the Museum. It was donated to the Museum in batches: one in 1999, one in 2004.
On 8 December 2005, Oschin donated another 346 specimens of uncataloged Baltic amber which includes insects, plants, feathers, and purely mineralogical specimens to the Museum (F.A. 4000.2005-1). This material was moved from South Grand to Entomology on 4 February 2010. The two earlier donations (ca. 655 pieces) are also physically located in Entomology.

Collection Location and Dates

This collection was purchased over many years by Mr. Oschin from various dealers in fossil amber.

Taxonomic Contents

Invertebrates in the collection include insects, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and mites.


A portion of the collection in located in cabinets on the north-facing wall in the southwestmost office in Entomology.

Description of Collection

Currently, the collection is housed in individual, small plastic bags in Entomology.

Collection Inventory

No information available.

Collection Assets

No collection assets available.

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