Visiting the Collections

COVID-19 Update: January 18th, 2022

The AMNH Mammalogy collections are finally reopening to outside researchers.  We now have a procedure for requesting permission for collections visits lasting up to 30 consecutive days (4 weeks).  However, you should note that group visits will not be permitted at this time.

To visit, you will need to provide proof of COVID vaccination and agree to wear a mask while in the museum. To schedule your visit, we must first provide a set of information and a justification for the visit (see below), and then we must wait for approval from our Curator, Dean of Science, and Security.  This means that you need to plan on at least two weeks lead time.

To request your visit, go to the website below and fill out the Visitor Registration Form.  Please submit a more detailed list of genera that you need it would be greatly appreciated.  Some of those groups span multiple rooms and we need to know what to reserve for you. 

Requesting an Appointment

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

 If you are a student, you will also need to resubmit a letter of recommendation from your advisor.  

 In the body of your email, you need to include justification for the visit according to at least one of the criteria below:

• critical need, deadline for dissertation research, fellowship, or grant-sponsored projects

• tasks that must happen within the next six months, or terms imposed by visa restrictions, travel arrangements

• work requiring access to on-site collections and resources

• direct benefit to AMNH collections management (databasing, identifications, transaction processing, stewardship, etc.) and/or

• indirect benefit to AMNH research through reciprocity arrangements with sister institutions

Again, access to the collections is limited and spaces are filling up quickly. 

Thank you for your patience through all of this and email the department if you have any questions.

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