I met with Professor Luis Ruedas who teaches classes on Mammalogy and other subjects and is in charge of the Museum. He said that he is 'one among equals' in taking over directorship of the museum. He said that the collection is stored in different rooms at the moment due to construction in the building. There are thousands of specimens. I asked him if he prepares any of the articulations - no, he doesn't. But he has provided smaller specimens to the collection.
Professor Ruedas pointed out an elephant skull, and then mentioned that there is a 30' whale "buried at the beach" that PSU professors will go back to one day to dig up. He said this is a method they will use to get the bones cleaned off - just leave it in the ground for five years or so. He described another method that can be used for smaller specimens - first take off as much fur and flesh as possible. Then give the bones to flesh-eating beetle larvae to have them clean off the rest of the flesh. Then the bones can be boiled.
Once the construction in Science Building 2 is completed, the specimen collection will be brought up to a room on the second floor. Then people who want to study or view the specimens can see them by appointment. The larger articulations are available for anyone to view in the second floor lounge area.