The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education—all under one living roof. The museum’s scientific collection of nearly 46 million scientific specimens is one of the largest and most diverse natural history collections in the world and provides scientists, students, and the public alike with a valuable record of life on Earth. Within the museum, visitors can also interact with many of the Academy’s scientific specimens featured in educational exhibits on the public floor.
Since 2016, the California Academy of Sciences’ world-class scientific collections have been available to the public online through Sketchfab, the world’s largest online platform for immersive and interactive 3D. Available to scientists, students, educators, artists, and anyone with an interest in exploring and examining rare and important specimens up close, the Academy’s diverse and expansive Sketchfab collection features detailed 3D scans that bring fascinating specimens and artifacts to your fingertips. Users can zoom in, glide around, and closely examine models from some of the museum’s most dynamic scientific collections, including marine and terrestrial mammals, herpetological specimens including snakes, frogs, and lizards, fish, geological fossils, marine invertebrates like corals and sea stars, birds, and California basketry.
The purpose of the Canadian Museum of Nature is to increase throughout Canada and internationally, interest in, knowledge of and appreciation and respect for the natural world by establishing, maintaining and developing for research and posterity a collection of natural history objects, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, and by demonstrating the natural world, the knowledge derived from it and the understanding it represents.
Two research centers of excellence are located at their research and collections facility: The Beaty Centre for Species Discovery and The Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration. These centers play an important role in providing scientific evidence and knowledge to help understand and manage issues such as changes to biodiversity and the impacts of climate change. The centers also play a key role in fulfilling the museum's mandate to provide scientific training to the next generation of collections-based researchers.
In 2002, the museum established the Arius3D Imaging Centre at the museum’s research and collections facility for digitizing specimens for research, conservation and education.
The University of Dundee has over 30,000 historic artifacts, artworks and specimens acquired during the 138 years of the institution's existence. These are cared for by Museum Services, which has been awarded Full Accreditation as a public museum service.
In 2016 the museum began a project in collaboration with the University's Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification to digitize specimens from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. The resulting 3D models are hosted online via Sketchfab and are available for viewing and downloading worldwide under a creative commons license.