List of Museums - sorted by Town
Town Specimen Origin/Details Source
1 Skull   A. Kleinschmidt 1982,
Museum Website
University of California
Museum of Paleontology
A composite skeleton and various elements, in detail (with catalog number):
UCMP 23001: Skull of adult with periotics, tympanics, mallei, incudes, and stapedes; and mandibles of another individual.
UCMP 23031: Isolated left periotic (sectioned) and tympanic.
UCMP 23050: Composite skeleton of adult, including disarticulated skull with periotics, tympanics, and right malleus; 2 left mandibles; cervical vertebrae 1, 3, 4, and 7; 19 thoracics; 2 lumbars; 2 sacrals; 14 caudals; 11 right and 8 left ribs; right and left scapulae, humeri, and radius-ulnae; right innominate.
UCMP 67178: Isolated left periotic with tympanic, malleus, and incus, Isolated right periotic with tympanic, malleus, incus, and stapes.
1904 donated by the Alaska Commercial Company, not on public display.
History of origin of these specimen unknown.
D. Domning (1978),
Email communication
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
UCMVZ 107764: Skull of adult, and mandibles of another individual   D. Domning (1978),
UCMP by Email
Incomplete, composite, mounted 7.05 meter long skeleton (Photos), in detail:
skull with periotic, 47 vertebrae, 29 ribs, right scapula, left and right humerus+radius+ulna, right pelvic bone (41 cm), several vertebrae and ribs incomplete and repaired/supplemented, the missing components are replica, no sternum.
Skeleton excavated 1900 by Dr. Brasche and presented 1907 by Adolph Dattan.
Mounted skeleton, half sized model and computer-animated film of swimming animals.
A. Kleinschmidt (1951)
Skin Fragment,
Cast of the Stockholm Skull.
Natural History Museum
a skull. Skull (Nr. HNHM 65.11.1.) and mandibel (Nr. HNHM 2004.9.1) from two individuals. (Mandibel of smaller specimen).
1957 donated by Museum St. Petersburg.
C.J. Hazevoet,
Annales Historico-Naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici
Museum of Comparative Zoology
MCZ 59412:
almost complete composite mounted skeleton, with many artificial bones, on exhibit
aquired 1889, from Washington, and probably these are bones collected by Stejneger 1882/83. S. Mattioli,
partial skeleton. donated 1887 by USNM Washington S. Mattioli
Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Abteilung Zoologie.
1 Skull. HLMD-M-1251, bought 1894 from G. A. Frank, London for 1200,- Mark. A. Kleinschmidt (1983),
U. Wannhoff
Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde
Incomplete, composite, mounted skeleton (Photos), if complete ca 7 meter long, Catalogue No. B2076 in detail:
1 skull, 35 vertebrae (all vertebrae assumed to origin from one individual, presumably C6, T1 and 2/3 (ca 1.8 meter) of caudal vertebrae missing, processes partly broken/worn),
1 sternum, 1 scapula, left and right humerus, radius and ulna, 18 pairs of ribs.
Skull bought 1891 from Otto Herz,
Skeleton bought 1903 (unknown origin),
confiscated 1945 and brought to Moscow, returned by USSR in 1982.
Skeleton and life-size model exhibited in the 'Japanischer Palais'.
Stefen (2003),
Correspondence 1998.
B18981-86: 5 ribs,
B17192: os basiocipitale,
B17193: 4 rib-fragments
collected 1992-95 on Bering by U. Wannhoff
an older inventory (abt. 1902) included additionally:
constituent of B2076: 28 vertebrae, unknown origin,
B4190: cast of interior of brain case, bought from R.F. Damon
B4191: 3 ribs, presented by National Museum Washington
These items lost before second world war.
Royal Museum
Register NMSZ1956.57.1
Composite skeleton
Found by Sinitsin on Copper Island.
Acquired in 1897 by the D'Arcy Museum of University of Dundee,1956 transferred to Edinburgh. .
S. Mattioli
(Jekaterinburg, Swerdlowsk)
Museum Ekaterinburg
1 Rib gift Of s.G.Kondrashina webpage (left)
Fairbanks, Alaska
The University of Alaska Museum
UAM Mamm 63998, Rib,
Partially hand-worked and charred
Collected before 2003 on Adak Island, no further details. E-Mail S. MacDonald
Cast of the Braunschweig skull
Fukui, Japan
Fukui Dinosaur Museum
Cast of the London Skeleton
Naturhistoriska Museum
A mounted, almost complete (though composed of more than one specimen) skeleton Collected 1879 by Nordenskjold during his famous Vega expedition (finding the Northeast Passage).
A full scale model of a female seacow is also exposed.
A. Kleinschmidt (1983),
S. Mattioli
Hamburg Specimen destroyed during the war. The sample of skin which A. Kleinschmidt assumed to be in the Hamburg Zoological Museum is presumably (Domning 1978) a misinterpreted whale skin. A. Kleinschmidt (1982), Forsten & Youngman
half scale model [?]   Göteborgs Naturh. Mus. Årstryck 2005 (PDF File)
Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Naturkunde-Abteilung.
1 Skull not on public display,
Origin Bering Island, bought 1904 from R. E. Hoffmann aus Grünberg for 600 Mark.
Gehler, 2006 (in preparation)
Museum of Natural History
5.30 meter long skeleton of a juvenile male (Photo).

One of probably only two documented specimen, which had died of natural cause before the animal's discovery in 1741, and could be excavated intact.
Collected 1861 by Hampus Furuhjelm, Governor of Russian-Alaska from 1859 to 1864.. Museum Website,
Domning (1978),
Forsten & Youngman, M. Fortelius.
Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum
1 Skull Since 1982 on loan in Braunschweig U. Wannhoff,
R & Z Museum by Email
Museum Of Regional Studies
48 bones from 4 individuals:
36 vertebrae, 2 upper parts of skull, 1 lower jaw, 1 left blade, 2 left humeral bones, 1 left forearm, 1 left ulna, 1 right forearm, 2 right humeral bones, 1 sternum.
no ribs.
Collected 1879 under Governor Grebnitzky.
Presently the museum considers to compose an informative though very incomplete skeleton from the remains of those four very different individuals.
Stejneger wrote 1883 that some items were destroyed in a fire (1879 the whole town of Irkutsk burned down).
Museum's Regional Study Notes 2002 (Page 102)
also D. Domning and E. Novomodniy
Regional Lore Museum
1 almost complete mounted skeleton with 53 cm long right pelvic bone (Photos), skull temporarily removed for repair, premaxilliae and several tail vertebrae missing.

Birula wrote 1928: Skeleton almost completely from one individual, only 4-5 vertebrae and 3-5 ribs from other animal(s).
Two skeletons, found:
  1. 1897: composite skeleton of 97 bones, found on the eastern shore of Bering island
  2. 1898: found by Aleksandr Berezin, said to be a complete, not composite specimen
where brought to Khabarovsk by order of Governor General Dukhovskoy. One of these was sold to Paris in 1903, details of this skeleton see there.
E. Novomodniy
(Charkow, Kharkow)
Nature Museum
a skeleton collected 1879-82 by Dybowski, in 20th century from Lviv. Some bones found on Berind durcing the 70th were added. Kiev restorers created of the skeleton. S. Mattioli, E. Novomodniy, Museum website (left), E. J. Tarapova
Museum of Paleontology
Institute of Zoology, Academy of Sciences
one mounted skeleton found 1879-82 by Dybowski, in 20th century from Lviv to Kiev. E. Novomodniy, S. Mattioli
Museum of Zoology,
State University
one skeleton and two complete skulls found 1879-82 by Dybowski, in 20th century from Lviv to Kiev. D. Domning, S. Mattioli
(Crakow, Krakau)
Museum of Zoology
1 Skull probably donated by Dybowski (?) S. Mattioli
Natural History Museum
ZD 1984.2092. A composite skeleton of at least 2 individuals, not known to be accurately dated.
Second partial skeleton (no registration) and 2 skulls (C.1947.10.21.1).
1882 acquired from importer Robert Damon, London.

unknown origin
E-Mail communication.
S. Mattioli,
Museum website
Zoologiska museet
Incomplete composed skeleton: cranium with mandible, complete (?) vertebrae, 15 ribs, two scapulae, 2 humeri, one (left) radius/ulna. Catalog entry 31.5.1882.
Donated by Adolf Erik Nordenskjold, collected on Bering Island 14-18 August 1879 during the Vega Expedition.
Assembled by Oskar Holmqvist.
Museum paper "Faunaflora",
A. Kleinschmidt (1983),
Email communication
(Lvov, Lwow, formerly Lemberg)
Zoological Museum
one almost complete, not composite, skeleton (of one animal). . 1879-82 Dybowski brought from his visits to Commander Islands three (?) skeletons to Lviv, which are now in Kiev and Kharkiv. 1904 another skeleton was donated to Dybowski, which is still there. U. Wannhoff,
S. Mattioli,
Email communication
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
A composite skeleton and various elements, in detail (with catalog number):
50002637: subcomplete composite skeleton. Length of the body, corresponding to the skull, estimated 697 cm:
a skull, articulated with the mandible, 49 vertebrae : 6 cervicals, 19 dorsals (with the 7-8th partially fused), and 24 lumbar-sacral-caudal (but the last one is made of plaster), 19 pairs of ribs, with the 7-8th left partially fused, no sternum,
scapula - humerus - radius and cubitus (unfused) right, scapula - humerus - radio-cubitus (partially fused) left, (left and right arms seems to be different in shape, size and fusion of epiphysis and may belong to 2 distinct specimens), right pelvis with broken proximal extremity. (the left one is a symetrical copy made of wood).
5000 2634: plaster cast of a skull and its mandible
5000 1007: skull and its mandible from Commander Islands, 1895.
50002635: skull from Commander Islands
50002636: mandible from Commander Islands (not articulated with the precedent skull, so belonging to another individu)
Bought 1897 (through French Consul in San Francisco, de Lalande?), arrived in Museum 1898.

The skeleton was exposed in the gallery of the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Lyon until 2004, and it is now conserved in the "Centre de Conservation de Lyon" with the 4 other specimens.
H. Jousse, S. Mattioli
The Manchester Museum
A.2313.9 ?? : one rib,
A.451: replica of skull, (cervical?)-vertebrae, humerus, ulna, scapula, lower jaw (mandible),
16 bones in total.
Identified by McGhie, Mr Henry Andrew
Date Identified 23/08/2002
Museum Website
Oceanographic Museum
Adult skull with periotics, complete mandible, right scapula & humerus, left radius-ulna, lumbar vertebra, rib 15 Octobre 1910: unknown origin, donated by M. Nusbaum-Hilarowicz (Colleague of B. Dybowski), Inst. Zoologiczny Univ. Lviv D. Domning
Redpath Museum
mandible, 2 humeri, 1 radius-ulna, 2 vertebrae no data on collector or locality D. Domning
Zoological Museum
1 mounted skeleton
In the card catalog said to have been collected by N. B. Isakov in 1837. (Doubtful as Brandt had no skeleton in 1846) D. Domning
also 4 partial brain cases, 2 rostra, 3 complete mandibles, 6 hemimandibles, 2 squamosals, 1 thoratic vertebra, 2 scapulae, 3 radius-ulnae Collected 1960-1974.
At least some of these collected by Drs. O.L. Rossolimo and I. Dobrovo on Bering Island.
Paleontological Institute
very fine large adult brain case with periotic, another skull and some bones   D. Domning
Biological Timiryazev Museum
some H. gigas material   D. Domning
State Darwin Museum
a rib donated 1997 by A.Kovalev, an artist from Komandor Islands. S. Mattioli
Vernadsky State Geological Museum
some bones,including a full mandible Collected by Dr Kirillova around 1980 S. Mattioli
Munich a skull,
remaining skeleton destroyed 1943 during the war.
  A. Kleinschmidt (1982), S Mattioli.
New York 1 Skull   S. Mattioli
on Bering Island,
Museum of Local Lore
1 incomplete skeleton
not mounted.

Also at least 5 brain cases and 5 mandibles.
dug out 1983,
a photo of skeleton on this page.
Museum Website (left) and D. Domning (according to Furusawa 1995)
Numata-cho, Hokkaido
Numata Fossil Laboratory
2 premaxilllae (1 juvenile), 1 juvenile scapula, Collected on Bering Is. by H. Furusawa (published by Furusawa in Fossils (Palaeont. Soc. Japan) No. 58: 1-9, 1995.) D. Domning (according to Furusawa 1995)
Zoological Museum
1 Skull   S. Mattioli
National Museum of Natural Sciences
part of skull, sternum, 22 vertebrae, 5 ribs, 2 scapulae, humerus, ulna+radius. Catalog card: collected 1891 by Grebnitzky.
was formerly in Geological Survey of Canada Collection.
D. Domning
Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle
Two composite Skeletons:
1.) frontal cranial bone and the jaws, the first - wide, 2- thick, 3-7 - flat: vertebrae,
8-25 (18) vertebrae with ribs,
26-61 (36) vertebrae with the branches to the end of the tail. Only 61 vertebrae, furthermore: blade, arm, forearm (everything - dual),
?? brush (4 fingers + the fifth branch, the components fins - 2 such ...). ?? (Pfaffius 1902)
composite specimen bought 1894 through French Consul in San Francisco, de Lalande.
Museum Website,
E. Novomodniy,
S. Mattioli.
2.) 1 Skull (6 bones) and mandible, 56 vertebrae, 36 ribs, L and R scapula, 2x "deux os de lasts" (l and r arms?).
All in good state, except 5 ribs damaged: 1,8,11 right and 4 left in two pieces, 14 left in 3 pieces. (as per 1902 shipping documents)
found 1897 or 98, bought 1903 from Pfaffius.
Museum of Kamchatka Local Lore
a Skull and several bones.   E. Novomodniy
San Francisco The California Academy of Sciences lost their specimen in earthquake and fire 1906. Discovered in 1881-82, donated by the Alaska Commercial Company. UCMP by Email
St. Petersburg
Zoological Institute
of Academy of Sciences
1 almost complete skeleton (Inv.Nr: 3441), 6.86-m long; 60 vertebrae (7 cervicals, 19 thoracics, 3 lumbars, 1 sacral, 30 caudals of which 5 are artificial)

several bones: 13 skulls, 13 vertebrae, 3 ribs, 10 limb bones
Found in 1855; sent by A. Gusev in 1856; gift of the Russian American Company
1996 this specimen had been displayed in Halle.
Exhibition Catalogue Halle 1996
ISBN 3-623-00300-X,
S. Mattioli 2006
Also owns the only preserved (upper) masticating plates and a skin fragment. The plate presumably sent by G.W. Steller to the Academy of Sciences with his treaty's manuscript, and discovered incidentally by the Director of the Zoological Museum J. F. Brandt about 90 years after, in the stores of the former Kunstkammer.
the fragment of skin (probably in fact a whale skin fragment?), discovered in the Academy of Sciences by A. Brandt (son of J.F. Brandt ?).
U. Wannhoff, S. Mattioli
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
The Museum holds a subfossil rib of H. gigas, found at the Aleuts, see here    
Naturhistoriska Riksmuseum
1 incomplete skeleton.
The specimen contains (-ed?) a supposed metacarpal, which D. Domning has meanwhile identified as an unfused left transverse process of a sacral vertebra, (Whitmore 1977, Domning 1978).
Collected 1879 by Nordenskjold during the Vega-Expedition A. Kleinschmidt (1951),
S. Mattioli
Replica of the Braunschweig skull(SMNS 31812), abt. 1,40 m model, in the Whale-Hall of Rosenstein Castle, also cast of the Braunschweig braincase (SMNS 31814).
Australian Museum
Partial Skeleton Received by exchange from Sweden in the 19th century
(see T. Flannery, Australian Natural History 22(10): 462, 1988)
D. Domning
Uppsala Skeletal bones Collected 1879 by Nordenskjold during the Vega-Expedition. A. Kleinschmidt (1983),
S. Mattioli
Naturhistorisches Museum
A nearly complete composite skeleton with left 45 cm long pelvic bone (Photos). 1897 donated by Professor Dybowski. Museum Paper
"Das Naturhistorische" Dec. 01,
A. Kleinschmidt 1983,
and Museum by eMail
Warsaw 1 skeleton, moved by Russians to unknown destination.
one skull destroyed during World war 2.
both donated by B. Dybowski S. Mattioli,

E. Novomodniy
Washington DC.
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
An almost complete composite skeleton, from 12-16 individuals.
Catalogue USNM 21966,
6.43 m long incl. sternum (Scheffer 1972)
The bones were salvaged on the beaches of the Bering Island in 1883, and donated by D.L Stejneger.
Skeleton prepared 1885/6 by Frederick A Lucas, with assistance of J.W. Scollick.

Kleinschmidt mentions 1951, that the Washington specimen had been collected complete by Stejneger. However their specimen is definitely composite.
Museum by Email
über 150 Einzelknochen S. Mattioli
os occipitis and 1st and 7th left rib
red-ocher color like the Amchitka specimen, probably pleistoceneF.C. Whitmore (1977)
The Museum also holds several fossils/subfossils of H. gigas, found at the Aleuts and California, see here  Domning (1978)
Oceanarium (TINRO-Center).
live size model and skull   E. Novomodniy
Primorsky Museum of Local Lore
1 skull   E. Novomodniy
Zoological Museum of the Far Eastern State University
The occipital bone, two vertebrae and a rib Collected in 1987 - 1990 E. Novomodniy