Scientists in Action: Fantastic Beasts Learn more about the role of the Educations Collections at the Museum! Previous Next / The Education Collections supports educational programing for all ages—science is everywhere and for everyone The mission of Education Collections is to get real artifacts and specimens from the natural world into the hands of our community. Objects from our collection allow ANYONE to access science on a personal level. You can explore in ways that allow you to make your own connections and discoveries. Any artifact or specimen you interact with that isn’t behind glass while visiting the Museum is managed by the department. This isn’t a team of curators—just science geeks who know how to manage museum collections and have broad skills across the sciences. They’re a rather informal, quirky squad that nerds out on everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to phreatomagmatic volcanoes and the proper fermentation of woad (an herb). The team is a little bit scientist and a little bit science communicator in Education Collections. As such they are involved in the Museum’s strategic initiatives and temporary exhibition teams. They work closely with Museum educators to come up with the best science stories to tell using the best objects to tell those stories. Because, after all, science helps us all tell the story of the world—and universe—around us.