Auburn University has maintained a natural history collection for over fifty years. The museum primarily serves as a repository for specimens from Alabama and the southeast (and elsewhere) and as a research center. While it is not a museum in the regular sense - it does not have a public display area and therefore not open to the public - it does offer tours on the first Wednesday of each month from 4-6pm. It also offers offsite education programs and these can be arranged by calling the museum. Today, the museum holds one million specimens in eight collections (amphibians and reptiles; aquatic vertebrate; arachnids and myriapods; birds; fishes; mammals; plants; and vertebrate paleontology). It is located in the Biodiversity Learning Center, which was built in 2013.