D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives
Mountain-Prairie Region

D.C. Booth Museum (Photos clockwise from left) D.C. Booth museum, Fearnow pail, Statues of fish stocking

The Von Bayer Museum of Fish Culture was created to preserve the vibrant history and rich heritage of the American fisheries workers. We collect and preserve the historic objects from hatcheries throughout the country making them accessible to researchers and the public. In addition to collecting artifacts, we interpret the history and technology of fish culture so as to enrich the experience of the greater community. By utilizing the museum collection, we hope to increase the awareness of the various roles and the inestimable value of fish culture and fisheries in every day life. This includes the contributions of fish culture to the recreational and social wellbeing of the people of the United States and the world.


The museum facility is made up of the historic 1899 Hatchery Building housing the museum, and the 10,000 square foot Collection Management Facility (CMF). The CMF includes a 5,000 square foot storage area, conservation lab, accession and receiving area, and Fish and Wildlife Service Offices. These buildings provide for the use and preservation of the museum collections for future generations to enjoy and study.

Photos clockwise from top: Cooking stove in museum, Historic Novo water pump used to fill and drain fish ponds, United States Bureau of Fisheries patch and U.S. Fish Commission buttons


The museum collection includes fish management and culture items and equipment, periodicals, publications and personal artifacts. Research facilities are open by appointment.


Contact Carlos_Martinez@fws.gov for information about possible internships available at the museum.


The Museum maintains a Want List of historic material needed for the museum collection. Gifts to the Fish and Wildlife Service are tax deductible as charitable contributions. For more information, please contact the Curator, Carlos_Martinez@fws.gov


Last updated: January 14, 2015

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