Mildred Tate Hall of Malacology

Currently the museum has 14,000+ molluscs and related specimens on view to the public. Included is an extensive collection of Texas molluscs as well as regional and worldwide collections.


 Mary & Joe Rogers’ Collection
Some of the shells donated by Mary from the Mary and Joe Rogers’ Collection


Coral of the World
brought to us by a gift from the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Miscellaneous Shell Pics

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Mildred Tate

Mildred Tate dared to dream. Her vision both challenged and inspired her fellow workers. She gave tirelessly to the museum from its inception in 1964 until her death in 1990. With insight, leadership and determination, she created an outstanding collection and display of shells, winning state and national recognition for the museum. She epitomized excellence in field of malacology and instilled her love of shell and nature in a generation of people.