Current COVID-19 Operating Status
As of April 01, 2022 the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has lifted its COVID-19 restrictions. While the exhibition spaces and collections will be open, we are currently working through a backlog of requests from the past 2 years. Access to the Paleobiology collections, through loans or in-person visits, is only available on a case by case basis. Please note that due to limited staff availability and a high volume of requests, we may not be able to accommodate your request or it may be postponed to a later date. Our Collections Management team will review and work with you directly about specific details and expected timeline. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate this transitionary period.
We are sincerely grateful for your interest in the Paleobiology collections. Please continue to check our site for updates to provided collections services. If you have any questions, please email Paleodept@si.edu.
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We have over 40 million fossil specimens from around the world. Follow the links below to learn how our collections can further your research.