The Museum is set to reopen on July 14 (1-5pm) after being closed for four months during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, things will not be back to normal. Before coming to visit the museum, please make sure you do not have a fever, cough, fatigue, or shortness of breath. Face coverings will be required and social distancing (6 feet) expected. Hand sanitizers will be available at the museum entrances.

It is unclear as to when sit down, hands-on programs will resume. So, at this time we are creating video programs and placing them on our YouTube channel. We also hope to have “to go” program kits by the end of July.

We don’t know what the future will bring but we hope that you will be here with us.

Nature Journal Video

Fungus Among Us Video

Create a Clay Mushroom Video

Collections Database

Online Database
The Museum’s online database features more than 6,000 collection items. Each listing contains a description, photo of the item and more.

Research collections of the Pember Museum are available to the public for the following collection units:

  • Amphibians (1 record)
  • Birds (1,363 records)
  • Botany (1,444 records)
  • Eggs (884 records)
  • Geology (382 records)
  • Insects (1,601 records)
  • Invertebrates (273 records)
  • Mammals (152 records)
  • Reptiles (32 records)

Easy to follow directions can be found on the site itself.

We constantly add new data and correct information in the records. If you see an error in the data please contact us. For questions regarding the collection, or online database, contact the Pember at 518-642-1515 or email at

Click here to view the database.

Vintage Photos of the Pember

Here’s a couple photos of the Pember Library and Museum. The black and white is dated 1910 and the color is from a postcard with a postal date of 2 Apr 1915.

Pember 1910



1915 Apr Postcard

Beaver Lodge

One thing I love about taking photos is comparing them years down the road. That’s how we determine growth or lack there of. Right now, while the leaves are gone from the trees, you can see amazing things like the homes of animals. One animal’s home in particular is the Hebron Nature Preserve’s resident beaver. By the photo posted you can see the growth of his home in just two years. Not to mention the increase of water in the creek no doubt from his dam. How awesome!