Collections and Archives Access
We strive to make our vast national collections accessible, both online and in person, to anyone with a research question related to our collections. Visiting researchers include community groups, culture-bearers, students, anthropologists, artists, historians and museum professionals.
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Visit the Collections
Access to the collections is provided by appointment only. We have a very limited number of staff available to assist researchers. Therefore, we suggest that you request your appointment at least a month in advance. Please wait for confirmation of an appointment before making travel plans: Request an appointment.
(Access to archives is also by appointment only, using the same form.)
If your research involves the Biological Anthropology collections, please fill out the Human Remains Research Approval Form (instead of the appointment form above) at least 3 months in advance. Access to these collections is restricted, and your proposal will require additional review and approvals within the Smithsonian. Please see the Statement on Human Remains at the Smithsonian for more information.
Location and hours
- Our collections are housed at the Museum Support Center (MSC) at 4210 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland.
- Collections appointments are available Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, excluding federal holidays.
- Archives appointments are available Wednesday through Friday, 9:30am to 3:30 pm, excluding federal holidays.
- Additional Visitor Information for MSC
Collections Visitor Agreements
You will be required to sign one of these agreements:
Repatriation-related visits should be scheduled directly with the Repatriation Office.
Related Collections Nearby in Suitland, MD
The collections and archives of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) are housed at the Cultural Resources Center, located next door to the Museum Support Center. Please contact NMAI staff for an appointment.
Questions about collections in the National Anthropological Archives? Contact the archivists at email@example.com or call 301-238-1310.
Questions about the Anthropology collections? Email AnthroCollections@si.edu
Questions about the collections at the Human Studies Film Archives? Contact the archivists at firstname.lastname@example.org