Visiting the Collections

COVID-19 Update: April 7th, 2022

The collections of the Department of Mammalogy are open to researchers and students. However, you will need to provide proof of COVID vaccination upon entry and agree to wear a mask while in the museum.

Requesting an Appointment

Request to visit the collection at least two weeks in advance by emailing a completed Visitor Registration Form to [email protected]

Each individual requesting access must submit a separate form. If you are a returning visitor, you must still submit a form for each new visit. Be sure to include a detailed list of the genera you would like to work with and an estimation of how much time each will take you.  Many orders in our collections are spread throughout several rooms and we need this information to accurately evaluate availability and reserve spaces.

Students will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from your advisor.  

Visitor Guidelines

Please review our Visitor Guidelines before your visit. 

Making molds of specimens is considered potentially destructive. Visitors wishing to make molds must submit a destructive sampling request. Please see the page on destructive sampling for more information.

Hours and Access

Please be aware that permission to visit the Department of Mammalogy does not automatically grant access to other departments at the American Museum of Natural History. 

The Department is open to approved visitors Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. excluding the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth 
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day
  • Election Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day