Our Research and Collections

Since its founding in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has been a world leader in the natural sciences.

The Museum's research enterprise includes world-class facilities, a global field expedition program, the Richard Gilder Graduate School, and one of the most important scientific collections on the planet, which is an invaluable resource for approximately 170 Museum scientists and for scholars from around the world. 

Scientific Collections

Find out how scientific collections benefit science and society, how they are used and maintained, and why they are deposited at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Scientific Publications

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Research Library

Our research collection is made up of more than 450,000 volumes.

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Collections & Databases

We are a collections-based museum with millions of objects.