Not everything in a museum is old

Not everything in a museum is old

Fluid Collections
Fluid Collections
Museums continually collect new specimens—we added this catfish in 2001. Our scientists can compare these new specimens to ones collected in years past, to see how life in our region has changed. And we preserve recent specimens so that future scientists can learn more about our world today.

Many items in our collections are “typical” or “average.” While we sometimes collect specimens that are the biggest or the oldest of their kind, highly unusual objects often don’t tell us very much. For most research, a typical catfish is a better example of about environmental conditions than a fish that happened to get unusually old or big.

Want to learn more about catfish?

Facts and figures

Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

University of California at Berkely

Fishing for catfish

Brotherhood of Catfishermen

Cooking catfish

Catfish recipes

Keeping catfish as pets

Aquaria Central

Poems about catfish, fishing and fish

Your Catfish Friend by Richard Brautigan

Hiawatha’s Fishing by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Fishin’ in Hotter Water by Michael Gale

Limerick by Anonymous

Haiku by Kobyashi Issa