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Visiting the Collections

Admission to and use of collections is granted to research scientists, graduate students and other visitors who are affiliated with a recognized academic or research institution.  

Access to collections is by appointment only. Requests to work with the collections should be made to the appropriate Curator-in-Charge at least 2 weeks prior to the anticipated visit and should specify 1) the proposed dates of visit; 2) the purpose of the visit; and 3) the specimens to be examined. Students should provide a letter of intent from their advisor on institution letterhead. 

Open hours to visit the collections are weekdays, 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., excluding public holidays. Special permission may be granted to visit outside of these hours under certain circumstances.  

Eating, drinking and smoking are not allowed in any of the collection areas.    

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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