The Malacology Collection at the Burke Museum includes more than 250,000 modern mollusc specimens, comprising a wide variety of snail, clam, chiton and nautilus shells. The collection is broad in geographical scope, although the majority of specimens have been collected from the Caribbean, Indo-West Pacific and Eastern Pacific.
The collection has been assembled from both University of Washington researchers and public donations. Many specimens have been donated by shell collectors associated with the Pacific Northwest Shell Club.
The newly acquired Phil and Sandra Nudelman collection is especially outstanding as it contains representative shells of nearly every species for many gastropod groups, most notably the cowries and cone snails.
Specimens from the collection are provided to researchers across the U.S. for study in fields such as systematics, conservation and archaeology.