The McWane Collection is open to scientific researchers and students currently advised by researchers.
Significant aspects of the McWane Collection include:
- Hundreds of cataloged Late Cretaceous mosasaurs, dinosaurs, turtles, birds, marine and flying reptiles.
- Thousands of cataloged of Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic chondrichthyans and bony fishes.
- The world’s largest collection of Pennsylvanian vertebrate and invertebrate ichnofossils and plants from Alabama’s famed Union Chapel Mine.
- The state’s largest collection of Late Pleistocene mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and freshwater fishes.
- Collections of Paleogene and Neogene mammals.
- A collection of over 5,000 freshwater mussels and snails collected circa 1910.
- A collection of over 400 bird skins collected circa 1910.
- Large collections of southeastern U.S. Archaeological artifacts.