Current COVID-19 Operating Status
While the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibition spaces will partially open to the public on June 18th, our collections remain closed to most staff and all visiting researchers, and the museum’s COVID-19 loan moratorium remains in effect. Currently, there is no capacity to accommodate collections activities including visits, image requests, loans, and shipments. There is still no timeline for when on-site collections activities will resume.
We are sincerely grateful for your interest in the Paleobiology collections, and we are sorry for the indefinite uncertainty about when we can provide you with collections services.
Please check the Paleobiology website for the current operating status for collections activities https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/paleobiology If you have any questions, please email Paleodept@si.edu
Visit the Collections
The collections of the Department of Paleobiology are open to scientific researchers and students currently advised by researchers. Requests to visit the collections must be made at least two weeks in advance by sending a completed Visitor Registration Form to the applicable collections contact:
- Mark Florence, Deputy Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology
- Amanda Millhouse, Deputy Collections Manager, Vertebrate Paleontology
- Jonathan Wingerath, Deputy Collections Manager, Paleobotany and Sediments
Please format the subject line of the email in the following format: Visit Request [Last Name] [Day Month Year of Arrival] (e.g. Visit Request Smith 01 Jan 2018). If you are a returning visitor, you must submit a new form for each visit. All students must also submit a letter of support from their advisors, vouching for their ability to work responsibly in our collections.
It is vital that you review the visitor guidelines linked below prior to your visit. These guidelines are in place to protect the collections and the individuals working with them, and to ensure the security of the department. All visitors are expected to be familiar with these polices and we reserve the right to revoke visitor privileges at our discretion.