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Visiting the Collections

COVID-19 Update: August 14th, 2020 

The Mammalogy Collections continue to remain closed as of August 2020. Please check back here periodically for updates when the collections will reopen to visitors. We appreciate your continued understanding during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Update: March 16th, 2020

The Mammalogy collections remain closed to staff and visitors due to the Covid-19 virus. We do not yet have a reopen date. Researchers may submit a visit request at this time, but there will be no action taken until we set a date to open the collection to visitors. Please keep in mind that these requests may not be granted due to social distancing guidelines and safety protocols. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time. 

Requesting an Appointment

The collections of the Department of Mammalogy are open to researchers and students. Requests to visit the collection should be made 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 brief description of activities to be conducted in the collection, taxa to be examined, and proposed dates for the visit. 

Applications from students must be accompanied by a letter of support from the student's academic advisor. The letter of support should include a brief description of the student's project. It should also include a statement about the student's prior experience working with museum specimens.

Visitor Guidelines

Please review the 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:

  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day (Observed)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (observed)
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day (observed)